Southern Indiana legislators participate in Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse


STATEHOUSE — Today, State Representatives Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) and Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) wore sneakers at the Statehouse, along with other House legislators and staff, in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer and showcase the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one’s risk of the disease.


“While in the midst of the hustle and bustle of a short session, we cannot forget about our fellow Hoosiers who are currently battling this ruthless disease,” said Rep. Bacon. “Cancer has impacted us all; it knows no race, gender, age or religion. I am proud to take part in this effort and provide people with the knowledge they need to best protect themselves against cancer.”


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.


“By raising awareness and supporting research, it is my hope that we will one day find a cure for cancer,” said Rep. Sullivan. “Almost everyone has been affected in one way or another by this disease, and we need to continue to take a stand. I was honored to join my fellow legislators in supporting the American Cancer Society as a part of the Suits and Sneakers challenge.”


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, which accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. 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.


“Nearly every day I am reminded of the many Hoosiers that are being affected by this disease in one way or another,” said Rep. McNamara. “Cancer does not discriminate and many of us know someone who is currently battling this disease. I was proud to take part in raising awareness with my fellow legislators in a hope to one day finding a cure.”

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