STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), fellow legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse Thursday 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 support the American Cancer Society and join the cause to put an end to cancer,” said Rep. Soliday. “We all know someone that has been affected by this disease, so it is important that we stand behind and support them while we wait for a cure.”
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.
“Along with wearing sneakers, we wanted to take our support a step further this year by fighting cancer one tie at a time,” said Rep. Soliday. “It was great to see everyone come together, supporting such a worthy cause.”
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.
Rep. Soliday represents the city of Valparaiso, all of Center, Union and Washington townships and portions of Liberty and Jackson townships.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a photo of Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) on Suits and Sneakers Day at the Indiana Statehouse.