[r81] NEWS: Suits and Sneakers

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Suits and Sneakers

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) 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.

“I am proud to take a stand with my fellow legislators and say ‘no more’ to cancer,” Rep. Carbaugh said. “Too many Hoosiers face this devastating disease. My father was one of the 13,000 who got the awful diagnosis last year. Educating people on ways to stay healthy is a great way to help the American Cancer Society in their quest to find a cure.”

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.

“Cancer affects thousands of families across our state,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis). “I appreciated the efforts that our Indiana collegiate coaches took in challenging the Legislature to help raise awareness. It was a great opportunity to show our fellow Hoosiers they’re not alone in this fight,” said Speaker Bosma.

Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.

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State Rep. Martin Carbaugh serves as Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee. He also serves on the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. Rep. Carbaugh represents a portion of Allen County.