News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: June 15th, 2012 10:17 AM
DOC staff to participate in American Cancer Society's Relay For Life
More than 100 Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) staff members will participate in American Cancer Society Relay For Life events in June and July. Employees from four DOC facilities have formed Relay For Life teams and are organizing fundraisers to do their part in the fight against cancer.
The following facilities are participating in Relay For Life:
*Coffee Creek Correctional Facility - June 16 at Town Center Park in Wilsonville *Shutter Creek Correctional Institution - June 23 at Sunset Middle School in Coos Bay *Deer Ridge Correctional Institution - July 16 at Madras High School in Madras *Oregon State Correctional Institution - July 28 at Chemawa Indian School in Salem
DOC Deputy Director Mitch Morrow will walk with cancer survivors as part of the OSCI team on July 28. "Cancer has impacted so many of us," Morrow said. "I'm honored to take part in this event and to see so many of our staff rally together to support this cause. This is just one example of the many community events DOC employees take part in throughout the year."
In addition to staff participation, more than 100 incarcerated men from DRCI and Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) will support Relay For Life from within their institutions. Incarcerated males are donating their own funds and will walk or run at designated yard times in honor of the event. EOCI will take part on June 23.
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. At Relay For Life, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
DOC employs 4,300 staff members at 14 institutions and several centralized support facilities throughout the state of Oregon. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,000 inmates sentenced to more than 12 months. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing inmates with the cognitive, behavioral and job skills they need to become productive citizens.
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