By Lt. Moises M. Soria, AA/Public Information Officer
Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) and their staff recently rolled up their sleeves and laced up their shoes to raise more than $8,000 for the Blythe Cancer Resource Center (BCRC).
The CVSP Employees Association raised $4,591 through a raffle of a gift card tree. The gift cards were donated by various CVSP departmental staff, totaling $765. The winner of the raffle was local resident Belinda Vega.
Between CVSP’s Employee Association and the contribution of CVSP staff members and their families, a total of $8,862 was raised and donated to BCRC.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, BCRC hosted “Steps for the Cure” at Palo Verde High School’s Scott Stadium in Blythe. Numerous teams from around the valley raised funds to support cancer patients, honor survivors, and remember those who have lost the battle to cancer. The total amount raised from the evening’s event was about $50,000.
BCRC was inspired by the unique needs of cancer patients and their families in the Palo Verde Valley. Access to healthcare in the desert communities is challenging, but for the cancer patient it can be devastating. This access includes understanding the diagnostic procedures and language unique to cancer, finding a doctor that the patient is comfortable with, as well as the logistics of getting back and forth to treatment.
The services offered include patient navigation, one-on-one patient support, assistance with applications to national organizations, and connection and contact with regional and national organizations.
For information on how to donate to BCRC, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 760-921-2272. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 1266, Blythe, CA 92226.