By Lt. Monica Ayon, AA/Public Information Officer
California Men’s Colony
Inmates from the California Men’s Colony’s West Facility recently organized a fundraising in support of the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
In unison with a similar event being held in the local community on the same day, inmates organized the fundraiser walk to take place simultaneously on each of the four separate yards.
Inmates donated funds from their trust accounts in support of the fundraiser while their families were able to donate online through a website established for the event.
Participating in the event were 767 inmates and, together with their families, they raised over $2,600. Over $1,354 of that the came directly from the inmates.
Some of the inmates who didn’t have funds to donate still participated in the walk as a sign of support.
A walking path was marked on each facility as well as the number of laps necessary to equal 3 miles. Many inmates walked in support of family members who are currently battling cancer, have fought and won their battle with cancer or in remembrance of those who fought and are no longer with us.
“As we are all too aware, cancer is no respecter of persons, it touches nearly all of us in one way or another; either personally or through those we love, we have all been impacted by its devastating effects,” an organizer said. “It is our hope that someday soon; cancers of every kind will be a thing of the past. Support finding the cure.”