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r38 - Rep. VanNatter supports Suits and Sneakers to raise awareness of the fight against cancer
Start Date: 1/23/2014Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 1/23/2014End Time: 12:00 PM
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STATEHOUSE — State Representative Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) joined House legislators and staff in wearing sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about 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. This annual effort also aims to promote the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing a person’s risk of cancer. 


“The Suits and Sneakers initiative has given Hoosiers across the state, including many staff and legislators at the Statehouse today, a chance to show support and compassion for people fighting cancer,” said Rep. VanNatter. “Going through that kind of struggle, it is easy to feel helpless, and I am proud to take part in Suits and Sneakers to show my support for the fight against cancer.”


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 the state of Indiana. 


“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,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). 


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.


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


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Rep. VanNatter represents portions of Carroll, Cass, Howard and Clinton counties.

Contact Information:
Name: Erin Pabody or Cynthia Roush
Phone: 317-232-9659
Email: erin.pabody@iga.in.gov
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