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Legislators Pair Suits With Sneakers to Promote Cancer Awareness

1/28/2013

Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute), Indiana State basketball coach Greg Lansing and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis). (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)

Legislators have started the week with a one-day departure from the dress code.

Several legislators showed up for work Monday wearing tennis shoes, in support of the National Association of Basketball Coaches' "Coaches Against Cancer" awareness drive.

NCAA coaches are wearing tennis shoes on the sideline for one game this week. Indiana State coach Greg Lansing, who joined legislators at the statehouse to promote the initiative, had his sneaker day Saturday, when the Sycamores edged Northern Iowa.

The American Cancer Society says 35-thousand Hoosiers were diagnosed with cancer last year, while the state saw 13,000 cancer deaths. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), who donned white tennis shoes for the day, says virtually everyone knows someone who's been diagnosed, even if they've escaped the disease themselves. He says the sneaker program is a way to remind people to live healthy lifestyles, from eating right to steering clear of tobacco.

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