By Theresa Cisneros, Public Information Officer/Administrative Assistant | California State Prison-Corcoran

More than 50 CSP-Corcoran staff and family members took part in a 24-hour walking relay on May 19 in Corcoran to raise funds in the fight against cancer – a fight that had taken on a personal meaning.

When a member of the staff was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, Alicia Gerkin and Shanna Hodson decided it was time to fight back, and they formed CSP-Corcoran’s Team “Fight Like A Girl.”

They recruited more than 20 members, conducted fund-raisers, sold T-shirts and raised more than $4,000.
A second team, “Lifesavers,” was started up by Theresa Cisneros and Warden (A) Connie Gipson.
The prison’s inaugural Cake Auction in which staff baked their favorite cakes and donated them for sale, raising nearly $1,700.

Together the two teams raised almost $10,000 for cancer research.

The “Relay for Life” event attracted more than 30 teams, and CSP-Corcoran’s teams walked away with several awards. The “Fight Like A Girl” team received three third-place plaques – for most money raised online, most spirited, and best individual fund-raiser. The “Lifesavers” team took first place for most money raised online, first place for most spirited and second place for most funds raised overall.

“We take great pride in working with the local communities and with staff assisting with efforts to give back,” said Warden (A) Connie Gipson.  “I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to our staff stepping up and helping out each time they are called upon.”

Earlier this year, the Kiwanis Club of Corcoran was seeking funds for a “Healthy Soles Project” to buy 500 pairs of athletic shoes for the local children to encourage healthy habits, such as exercising. Within only a couple of days the staff at CSP-Corcoran had raised enough money to buy all the shoes needed.