Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 23, 2014

Indiana legislators support Suits and Sneakers cancer fundraiser


— Indiana Rep. Rebecca Kubacki (R-Syracuse) and House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse Thursday in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one’s risk of the disease.

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, according to Kubacki’s staff.

“I am very happy to participate in today’s challenge to raise awareness of this dreaded disease,” Kubacki said. “I can still remember when my mother-in-law was battling cancer, and I drove her to Indianapolis for doctors’ visits. We were so grateful that she caught it early and had wonderful care to help her get through that difficult time. I want Hoosiers to know they are not battling this disease alone, and I would like to thank organizations like the American Cancer Society for their efforts to end this disease.”

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.

Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how to help spread the message and fight back against cancer.