State Representative Denny Zent (R-Angola) and House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Indiana Statehouse Monday 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.
“Cancer affects everyone. We have all fought it, whether it be a friend, loved one or neighbor, and that fight continued today at the statehouse,” said Rep. Zent. “Raising awareness is extremely important, but it is also necessary that we extend our most heartfelt compassion to every family who is affected by cancer.”
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 is uplifting to see the tremendous support displayed by NCAA basketball coaches here in Indiana,” Rep. Zent stated. “Their efforts to raise awareness in the continued fight against cancer are truly appreciated. It was a humbling experience to join my fellow legislators today to show that we are joining the fight to end cancer and standing tall with everyone engaged in this worthy cause.”
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how to help spread the message and fight back against cancer.