STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and 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.
“Everyone has been personally affected, or knows someone who has fought against cancer,” said Rep. Lucas. “The toll that cancer takes on Hoosiers is heart-breaking. It is important that we not only raise awareness about this awful disease, but also reach out with a loving heart to all families that are involved.”
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.
“The outpouring of support from NCAA basketball coaches in Indiana was incredible. I truly appreciate their efforts to help raise awareness. Today was a wonderful opportunity to show those who are fighting cancer that we are fighting right beside them,” said Rep. Lucas.
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.
Rep. Lucas (R-Seymour) represents portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.