Southeast Indiana lawmakers wear sneakers to support cancer awareness

Southeast Indiana lawmakers wear sneakers to support cancer awareness

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, March 7, 2017 4:26 pm

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2017) – State Reps. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg), Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) laced up their sneakers with their suits today at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness. 

“This year alone, it is estimated that more than 13,000 Hoosiers will lose their life to cancer,” Frye said. “It’s important that we extend any support to individuals fighting this disease and the families that are affected by it. Supporting organizations like the American Cancer Society is key to increasing awareness and driving research that is already saving many lives.”  

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 the disease. 

“More than 36,000 Hoosiers will be diagnosed with cancer this year,” Lyness said. “My colleagues and I wore sneakers on the House floor to encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle, which is one way to reduce the risk of cancer. This disease knows no one person, and its effects are widespread.” 

Lyness said that participating in Suits and Sneakers is a Statehouse tradition that members look forward to every year. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. – exceeded only by heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

“Whether you are battling cancer or you are supporting a loved one diagnosed, this devastating disease affects nearly every Hoosier in one way or another,” Ziemke said. “Cancer has taken far too many lives and has impacted too many families for us to stand by, doing nothing. Increasing awareness is a small step to changing the way we see cancer.”

Ziemke said the event is 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.

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State Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents House District 67, which includes Ohio, Ripley and

Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.


State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) represents House District 68, which

includes all of Union County and portions of Dearborn and Franklin counties.


State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents all of Fayette County,

and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.