STATEHOUSE – State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford) and other House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to promote awareness of the fight against cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, last year 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer,” and of those, 13,000 lost their lives to the disease. Suits and Sneakers is a program sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it.
“It is an unfortunate fact that in our world we have all either experienced cancer or personally know someone who has dealt with this terrible disease,” said Rep. Koch, “but Hoosiers will continue to battle cancer and support those who have been diagnosed until the day a cure for cancer has been found. That’s what today was about: showing support for our fellow Hoosiers who are fighting this fight.”
Coach Greg Lansing of Indiana State University men’s basketball team represented all Indiana college basketball coaches during his visit to the Statehouse. He encouraged House members and staff to continue to raise awareness on ways to reduce the risk of cancer. These include eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the American Cancer Society's recommended cancer screening guidelines.
“Hoosier collegiate coaches have taken a great step forward in the fight against cancer with the Suits and Sneakers initiative,” said Rep. Koch. “Our hope is that all families affected across the state will benefit from this initiative thanks to their efforts.”
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.