By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
Correctional Officer Jeffrey Moreland’s life took a drastic turn in late 2011 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. His Substance Abuse Treatment Facility coworkers set up a time bank so his family wouldn’t financially suffer while he missed work.
At the time, Officer Moreland said he was touched by everyone’s generosity and he wanted to be able to give back to others in need. For 13 months, he underwent treatment but in November 2012, he lost his fight with cancer. Michael, his brother, is fulfilling his brother’s dying wish to give back to the community.
On Oct. 17 in Bakersfield at 5 Dogs Range, the second Big Mo Sporting Clay Shootout will be held to raise money to help local families who are battling cancer.
Registration is at 8 a.m. and the shoot starts at 9. The cost is $85 per shooter or a team is $425.
According to the organizers, the event consists of a Sporting Clay Shotgun Shoot (for shooters of all skill levels), tri-tip lunch (included for all shooters) and games with prizes.
“The event is a great way to raise money to help local families in their fight against cancer; as well as giving friends, family and coworkers of my brother a fun way to honor him through giving back to something so dear to his heart,” said Michael Moreland, a Personnel Specialist at North Kern State Prison.
The first event proved successful.
“We were able to raise over $21,000 dollars which we donated back to Kern County families fighting cancer. We donated $3,000 apiece to seven families. Two of our families were right here from North Kern State Prison,” he said. “We also received a large donation from the California Crime Victims Coalition. Our geographical criteria for our families has expanded to include Kern, Kings, Tulare and Fresno counties.”
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Learn more at NoMoCancer.com.