STATEHOUSE – State Representative Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis), legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2012, 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer,” and of those, 13,000 lost their lives to the disease. The Suits and Sneakers challenge is an annual event sponsored by the ACS and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it.
“It was an honor to sport sneakers and no tie today during session to raise awareness and support for those battling cancer,” said Rep. Speedy. “The ACS is a strong organization and I appreciate their help in making this event a success, they are able to bring about needed awareness and funding to fight this terrible disease that affects so many Hoosiers.”
State Representative David Wolkins (R-Warsaw), who is currently fighting cancer, has been allowed to remove his tie during session in order to be more comfortable, which male legislators are normally required to wear. In order to show support for their fellow legislator, the Speaker encouraged staff and legislators to remove their ties, while female legislators were encouraged to creatively incorporate a tie into their wardrobes. Legislators and staff also donated to the ACS.
“I applaud the work the American Cancer Society is doing to battle cancer,” said Rep. Speedy. “By joining together, we can all fight this devastating disease ‘one tie at a time.’”
As a part of the Suits and Sneakers Day, Coach Greg Lansing of the 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 and follow the ACS’s recommended cancer screening guidelines.
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.