STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw), 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 American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it.
“I am very grateful to not only work in the Indiana Legislature, but to have a strong support system here,” said Rep. Wolkins.
Rep. Wolkins, 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.
“Everyone knows I’m not a big fan of ties, and usually they jokingly give me a hard time about not wearing one. I’m glad to know everyone could have some fun today in my honor,” said Rep. Wolkins. “The Legislature’s support of the American Cancer Society means a lot to me, my family and many Hoosiers across the state. I know we can help fight cancer 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.
Rep. Wolkins represents portions of Grant, Kosciusko, Miami and Wabash counties. He serves as Chairman of the Environmental Affairs Committee and Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Government Reduction. He also serves on the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.