Reps. Negele and Truitt join Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, January 29, 2015

STATEHOUSE —State Representatives Sharon Negele (R-Attica) and Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette), 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 humbling to see legislators and staff stand united in raising support for such a noble cause,” said Rep. Truitt. “Hoosiers are affected by cancer every day, and I am honored to be able to show Indiana residents that we stand with them in this fight.”

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 was encouraging to see the astounding support for Rep. Wolkins,” said Rep. Negele. “I was proud to wear my sneakers for the Suits and Sneakers challenge, and this year was particularly special, since we were able to show support for our fellow legislator. ‘One tie at a time’ we can stand up for the many Hoosiers battling this disease and let them know that they are not alone in their fight.”

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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Rep. Negele (R- Attica) represents a portion of Benton, Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties. She serves on the Ways and Means and Financial Institutions committees.

Rep. Truitt (R-West Lafayette) represents portions of Tippecanoe County. He is a member of the Government and Regulatory Reform, Local Government and the Ways and Means committees.