Chuckawalla Valley SP staff raises over $8,000 for cancer center

The CVSP EA and various staff members participated in the “Steps for the Cure." Photo courtesy Charley Sanchez.

The CVSP EA and various staff members participated in the “Steps for the Cure.” Photo courtesy Charley Sanchez.

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).

CVSP’s Correctional Food Manager Joseph Jasso, his family, and members of CVSP Food Services, on behalf of his wife Vanessa Jasso, who is a cancer survivor, raised $361, selling shrimp cocktail, barbacoa, charro beans, cupcakes, and bottled water. All proceeds were donated to the BCRC.

CVSP’s Correctional Food Manager Joseph Jasso, his family, and members of CVSP Food Services, on behalf of his wife Vanessa Jasso, who is a cancer survivor, raised $361, selling shrimp cocktail, barbacoa, charro beans, cupcakes, and bottled water. All proceeds were donated to the 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 bcrc@frontier.com or contact 760-921-2272.  Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 1266, Blythe, CA 92226.

CVSP’s Associate Warden Rosa Saldana, along with family members (some who also work for CVSP) raised $1,900 in which all proceeds were donated to BCRC.

CVSP’s Associate Warden Rosa Saldana, along with family members (some who also work for CVSP) raised $1,900 in which all proceeds were donated to BCRC.

 

CVSP’s Correctional Business Manager Fidel Martinez, along with family members (some who also work at CVSP, ISP, & DAPO) raised $2,010 in which all proceeds were donated to BCRC.

CVSP’s Correctional Business Manager Fidel Martinez, along with family members (some who also work at CVSP, ISP, & DAPO) raised $2,010 in which all proceeds were donated to BCRC.

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  1. Cynthia Soto Friday, December 2, 2016 / 10:28 am

    From the BCRC board, we would like to thank you all so very much for all of your hard work and all you do! You guys rock! You can’t even imagine how much this is appreciated by all of the patients that are helped by this.

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