STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) and other House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse yesterday in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to promote awareness of the fight against cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, last year 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer,” and of those, 13,000 lost their lives to the disease. Suits and Sneakers is a program sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it.
“It’s easy to feel helpless when someone you know and love is suffering from cancer,” said Rep. DeVon. “Many Hoosiers are battling this deadly disease, but one thing we can do is raise awareness and show support and compassion to those in our communities who are affected.”
Coach Greg Lansing of 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. These include eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the American Cancer Society's recommended cancer screening guidelines.
“It was very encouraging to see all the efforts our Indiana collegiate coaches took in challenging the Legislature to raise awareness,” said Rep. DeVon. “I am grateful for the opportunity I had to get involved in a cause that effects thousands of families across Indiana.”
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.