CTF inmates raised $15,000 for Relay for Life.

CTF inmates raised $15,000 for Relay for Life.

By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/Public Information Officer
Correctional Training Facility

Inmates at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) recently hosted their first Relay For Life event.  This event was organized by the Balanced Reentry Activity Group (BRAG), Facility C, in conjunction with the Relay For Life-Salinas.

With the help of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life-Salinas office, Team BRAG Facility C was able to raise over $15,000 for the Relay For Life event through donations made by the inmates, as well as their friends and family members.

“The support for this event was really amazing,” said staff sponsor Connie Moffatt, a correctional counselor. “I was thrilled to have been a part of such a positive event. As a cancer survivor, I was happy to share my story to the inmates as inspiration and hope and that cancer is not a death sentence.”

The June 25 event was supported by numerous outside guests including disc jockey H. Staten and the band, End Times Lions.  Several guests traveled from San Diego to Soledad in support of the Relay for Life event. Other sponsors included Access and Union Supply who donated items for a raffle, and Chopper Stop Deli donated lunch for all the outside guests.

“The collaboration with CTF was one of the most rewarding Relay For Life experiences I have been involved in,” said Relay for Life Community Manager  Branna Dobrzanski.

The funds raised will go to patient services, research funding, education and advocacy through the American Cancer Society.

The event hit home for BRAG Chairman Michael Hoskins.

“My mom died from lung cancer, and I had been looking for a way to pay tribute to her and her life and this seemed like a perfect fit,” he said.

BRAG member Ted Gray said he appreciated the opportunity to participate.

“Many inmates were touched when they walked along the luminaria bags which featured the names of those lost to cancer,” Gray said.

Inmates walked at CTF's Relay for Life on June 25.

Inmates walked at CTF’s Relay for Life on June 25.