ICIO inmates help fight cancer

four inmatesand one ICIO staff member hold big check
ICIO inmates and staff raised $430 to fight cancer
By Lt. Greg Heun, ICIO

Last year inmates from the Idaho Correctional Institution in Orofino ran an American Cancer Society Relay for Life within the prison walls. They raised money mostly from inmates for the American Cancer Society.

This year they completed another relay event, including other money-raising projects within the Orofino prison walls, and solicited donations from prison staff. The inmates are slated to present a check to the Relay for Life volunteers in the amount of $430; exceeding last year’s contribution by $130

The theme this year is “The Aloha Relay for Life”.

The prison event was a prelude to the main event of the year in Kamiah at the Kamiah High School football field and track.

It starts on Friday, July 18 at 6 p.m. with the Survivors Reception. The opening ceremony starts at 7 p.m. and leads into the relay scheduled to run through the night and end at 10 a.m. Saturday with the closing ceremony and awards presentation.

Event organizers stress the fundraiser is a community event that’s open to everyone; you don’t have to be a member of a team to participate.

“We walk throughout the night to support all of the people who have fought the battle with cancer,” says Carolyn Haning who is helping organize the event.  “We remember the ones we have lost, we celebrate the ones who have won their personal battle with cancer, we fight back for the next one of us who hears the words "You have cancer".

Pictured from left, tier representatives William Preston Hampton, Aaron Baker, Paul E. Hawkins, Clayton Adams and staff representative Becky Lynn.

Story published: 07/15/2014
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