3/9/2017 9:40:00 PM Local lawmakers wear sneakers to support cancer awareness
State Reps. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) (left), Todd Huston (R-Fishers), Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) and Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) show off their suits and sneakers on the House floor to help spread awareness and fight back against cancer on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
INDIANAPOLIS - Area legislators laced up their sneakers with their suits today at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness.
State Reps. Todd Huston (R-Fishers), Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville), Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Tony Cook (R-Cicero) participated in the annual event. The Suits and Sneakers challenge is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support and those affected by the disease.
"More than 32,000 Hoosiers are diagnosed with cancer annually and this event is a great way to raise awareness," Huston said. "By wearing sneakers for the day, we can come together to raise cancer awareness and show the members of our community affected by this disease that we are here for them."
articipating in Suits and Sneakers is a Statehouse tradition that members look forward to every year. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. - exceeded only by heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Cancer has impacted our families, friends and neighbors," Richardson said. "For those fighting this disease, please stay strong. I also want to encourage everyone to be diligent in getting recommended cancer screenings. Talk to your doctors and be mindful of prevention and healthy habits."
Each year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and, of those, about one-third will die as a result of the cancer, according to the Indiana Cancer Consortium and the Indiana State Department of Health.
"As a female legislator, I am taking a stand against cervical cancer this legislative session," Schaibley said. "I co-authored a bill requiring the Indiana Department of Health to establish and implement a plan to help prevent cervical cancer. Hopefully this will save lives, especially since this particular type of cancer can be stopped before it turns dangerously invasive."
Hoosier women are most often diagnosed with cervical cancer during their middle adult years. During 2012, 85 percent of cervical cancer cases occurred among Indiana women less than 65 years old, including 38 percent of cases occurring among women ages 25 to 44, and 46 percent among women ages 45 to 64, according to the Indiana Cancer Consortium.
"Many Hoosiers have seen firsthand the effect cancer can have on individuals and their families and loved ones," State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) said, "We are doing what we can to support them and manage the disease through research and medical support so everyone can live longer, better lives."
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how to help spread awareness and fight back against cancer.