Staff and inmates from Folsom State Prison presented a check to the American Cancer Society.

Staff and inmates from Folsom State Prison presented a check to the American Cancer Society.

By Lt. Elton Soriano, AA/Public Information Officer
Folsom State Prison

Inmates at Folsom State Prison (FOL) and Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF) raised more than $18,000 during the fifth annual Relay for Life.

On Sept. 23, prison officials presented a check for $18,971 to American Cancer Society, the beneficiary of Relay for Life events.

At FOL, there were 141 teams with 1,161 participants. There were 31 cancer survivors.

At Folsom Women’s Facility, there were 13 teams with 65 participants and two cancer survivors.

Combined with this year’s total, over the last five years FSP and the FWF have raised over $73,800.

Community Relay For Life events are generally held overnight as individuals and teams camp out, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the night. At the prison, inmates experienced a similar journey with the event lasting about six hours.

Inmates and staff at Folsom Women's Facility presented a check to the American Cancer Society.

Inmates and staff at Folsom Women’s Facility presented a check to the American Cancer Society.