From left, Corretional Officers Jeff Simonsen and Dennis Greenhalgh assist Warden Joe Lizarraga and Correctional Counselor II Specialist U. Chang during a barbecue fundraiser.

From left, Corretional Officers Jeff Simonsen and Dennis Greenhalgh assist Warden Joe Lizarraga and Correctional Counselor II Specialist U. Chang during a barbecue fundraiser.

By Lt. Danelle Goodrich, AA/Public Information Officer
Mule Creek State Prison

Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) and the staff from the MCSP Infill Construction Project recently held a barbecue fundraiser for employees battling cancer. The same day as the fundraiser, one of the cancer-stricken employees passed away.

California Correctional Peace Officers Association, California Correctional Supervisors Association, Chicano Correctional Workers Association, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), MCSP managers/supervisors and Unit 12 employees sponsored the event to benefit the “Cancer Sucks” fund.

All MCSP employees and staff from the infill construction rallied together to raise just over $20,000 in one day. Staff were able to choose from hamburgers, hot dogs or pulled pork sandwiches with either a cash donation of their choice or a time bank donation.

The money raised was divided among the three families.

Sadly, the morning of the event, one staff member lost her courageous battle with cancer.

“The is a somber day with the passing of one of our staff,” said Warden Joe Lizarraga. “The news has made the event even more important and is inspiring everyone’s generous nature. This event is a team effort, made possible by our MCSP family with a shared goal to take care of our own and bring awareness to a disease that touches too many families.”

A banner promoted the event.

A banner promoted the event.

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