By Lt. Samuel Robinson
San Quentin State Prison’s staff and inmates will be walking to fight breast cancer on July 7-8.
Four years ago, several SQ inmates were watching TV and saw the advertisement for the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer. They thought about the ways breast cancer has impacted their own lives – many of their sisters, daughters, mothers, or wives had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Although many of the men could not be near their loved ones while they were treated for breast cancer, they could provide support by raising money for Avon. The San Quentin men have walked every year since.
More than 200 inmates have made donations to Avon and registered for the 2012 San Quentin Walk to End Breast Cancer. The two-day walk will occur in the historic lower yard and will include incarcerated men, community volunteers, and SQ staff. Together, everyone is committed to raising $10,000 for Avon.
Incarcerated men have donated artwork and jewelry, and more artwork will be made during the walk. All donated artwork and crafts will be auctioned off to raise money for the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland.
The webpage to donate money to Avon in support of the SQCARES is https://info.avonfoundation.org/goto/SQCARES
Here is a link to a video promotion of previous Breast Cancer Walks at San Quentin State Prison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU2MJ5PsDGA
Members of the media wishing to attend the Cancer Walk on Saturday, July 7, must have advance security clearance, which can be obtained by contacting San Quentin’s Public Information Officer, Samuel Robinson at (415) 454-1460 ext. 5008, or Samuel.Robinson2@cdcr.ca.gov.