State Representative Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) and House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse on Thursday in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease.
The American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer 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. In 2013 alone, there were 35,550 new cases of cancer in the state of Indiana.
“The victims of cancer are not limited to those diagnosed with the disease; it robs Hoosiers of spouses, children, parents and friends. In fact, cancer claimed the life of my mother when I was just 17 years old,” said Rep. Mayfield. “There have been many advancements in cancer diagnoses and treatment since that time, and the best first step is awareness. I was proud to participate in this event and use my position as state representative to raise awareness in the public eye.”
Wearing sneakers is much more than a fashion statement. It is a simple way to spotlight the fact that cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. – exceeded only by heart disease. It is also 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.
“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Indiana collegiate coaches have formed a partnership again this year to raise awareness about cancer. This partnership provides the legislature a great opportunity to help raise awareness and to show our fellow Hoosiers they’re not alone in the fight against cancer. Until a cure is found, we need to continue to promote the steps people can take to reduce their risk for cancer and to show compassion and support for those who are affected by this disease,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.