Rep. Carbaugh supports Suits and Sneakers to raise awareness of the fight against cancer

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rep. Carbaugh supports Suits and Sneakers to raise awareness of the fight against cancer

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) and House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse on Thursday in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease.

The American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers challenge is an annual event 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 be one of many at the Statehouse wearing sneakers for cancer awareness,” said Rep. Carbaugh. “Most of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another; my father was one of about 13,000 who got the awful diagnosis in 2013. Participating today is a great way to show support for such a worthy cause.”

Wearing sneakers is much more than a fashion statement. It is a simple way to spotlight the fact that cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. – exceeded only by heart disease, which accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. It is also an opportunity to remind people about all the ways they can reduce their risk of cancer; like eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the American Cancer Society’s recommended cancer screening guidelines.

“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Indiana collegiate coaches have formed a partnership again this year to raise awareness about cancer. This partnership provides the legislature a great opportunity to help raise awareness and to show our fellow Hoosiers they’re not alone in the fight against cancer. Until a cure is found, we need to continue to promote the steps people can take to reduce their risk for cancer and to show compassion and support for those who are affected by this disease,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

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.