TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Sen. Wayne Schmidt on Wednesday teamed up with the American Cancer Society and other legislators to bring attention to various cancers and the critical need for additional research.
Suits and Sneakers originally began with basketball coaches but has quickly spread to numerous professions. Business professionals, coaches, teachers and many others opt against their dress shoes for a day and instead choose to lace up their tennis shoes to stand in support of those fighting cancer.
“Making sure researchers have the resources they need to continue the fight against this terrible disease is critically important,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “I was happy to participate today because not only are we raising awareness, but this is also a way to visibly show support to those who may be battling cancer. A visual of just how many people are standing with you can be the extra bit of strength someone needs.”
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Photo caption: State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, shows off his sneakers on the Senate floor as he and other legislators and staff raise awareness for the American Cancer Society by participating in Suits and Sneakers. The annual event encourages professionals from all career pathways to choose tennis shoes for a day instead of their normal dress shoes.