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[r68] Local lawmaker participates in Suits and Sneakers to combat cancer
Start Date: 1/24/2014 All Day
End Date: 1/24/2014
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STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) wore sneakers at the Statehouse yesterday, 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.

“Unfortunately, this disease is not something that we can hide or runaway from, and I personally know friends and loved ones affected by cancer,” said Rep. 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 the state of Indiana.
“Several simple things you can do to reduce the risk of this disease is by staying active and eating healthy. There are always 5Ks happening in our community which I enjoy participating in. I encourage you to join me and others to help reduce the risks of cancer by maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” said Rep. McMillin.

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.

“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).

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

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Contact Information:
Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-234-9290
Email: ben.gavelek@iga.in.gov
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