Rep. Torr joins Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, January 29, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), 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 American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it.

“Whether it is a family member, neighbor or friend, cancer affects us all, and we need to stand by and support those impacted by this terrible disease,” said Rep. Torr. “I am proud to participate in the Suits and Sneakers challenge, and by uniting on this issue, joining groups like the American Cancer Society, it is with hope that we can find 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.

“It is an honor to work with such a dedicated public servant like Rep. Wolkins,” said Rep. Torr. “Shedding ‘One Tie at a Time’ is new this year to support Rep. Wolkins and every Hoosier whose lives have been affected by this terrible disease.”

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.

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State Representative Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) represents a large portion of Clay Township including the city of Carmel. He serves as Chairman of the Rules & Legislative Procedures Committee and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Joint Rules. Rep. Torr also sits on the Commerce, Small Business & Economic Development; Employment, Labor & Pensions; Judiciary; and Insurance Committees.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a photo of State Representative Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) participating in ‘Suits and Sneakers’ at the Statehouse.