State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) wore sneakers at the Statehouse Jan. 23, 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, said Ben Gavelek, Indiana House of Representatives Republican Caucus press secretary.
“Unfortunately, this disease is not something that we can hide or run away from, and I personally know friends and loved ones affected by cancer,” said McMillin. “We have to continue to raise awareness, show our support for groups like the American Cancer Society and stand next to our loved ones in the fight together.”
According to the organization, every one in three cancer deaths are caused by issues relating to nutrition and physical activity. In 2013 alone, there were 35,550 new cases of cancer in Indiana.
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 one of every four 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 (www.cancer.org).
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) noted, “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.”