STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Matt Ubelhor (R-Bloomfield) 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.
“Sadly, we all know someone who has been personally affected by cancer,” said Rep. Ubelhor. “It’s hard to know how to react and how to help those people, but one thing we can do is raise awareness and show compassion on those families.”
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 wonderful to partner with the American Cancer Society and Indiana’s collegiate coaches on this issue and help raise awareness,” said Rep. Ubelhor. “Something as simple as wearing tennis shoes with a suit can go a long way to show you care about the battles people are fighting.”
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.