The Ironwood State Prison (ISP) staff and leadership held its 3rd Annual Cancer Walk at the correctional institution's grounds on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

"On Nov. 19, 2019, Ironwood State Prison (ISP) held its Third Annual Cancer Walk around the outer perimeter of the institution," stated ISP PIO (Public Information Officer) Lt. Kelli Madsen. "For the past three years, all ISP staff have been invited to participate in the event and the year we had approximately 150 people attend."

A donation check in the amount of $3,147, raised by ISP staff, was presented by Warden Neil McDowell to the Blythe Cancer Resource Center (BCRC).

"Before the walk, Warden Neil McDowell presented representatives from Blythe Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) a check for $3147 that was raised through the #PinkPatchProject," stated Madsen. "The #PinkPatchProject was started within CDCR (California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation) in 2017 by the request and efforts of ISP Sergeant Amanda Johnson. Since then, thousands of dollars have been raised and donated by CDCR institutions and parole offices and their staff."

BCRC is the area's long-standing cancer support organization for local families battling the disease. Their mission includes to providing services to guide, empower and support cancer patients and families through their journey.

For more information, contact BCRC at (760) 921-BCRC; or via email at: bcrc@frontier.com

ISP's inaugural cancer walk was held in November 2017 following the suggestion of facility Capt. W. Hawkins.

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