Community Involvement

Centinela prison walks to battle cancer

Centinela prison inmates took part in a cancer walk.
Raising money to help young people diagnosed with cancer was the goal of the Cancer Walk held on Facility C at Centinela State Prison.

For those incarcerated at Centinela State Prison, raising money to help cancer patients is a way to give back to the community. On Saturday, July 31, they laced up their shoes and took part in the Facility C Cancer Walk, supporting agencies that serve children battling cancer.

The residents volunteered to donate their own money to participate in the walk.

In all, more than 500 participated in the Cancer Walk, raising $2,586 to benefit the Halos and Tiaras Foundation.  The non-profit organization raises funds to help people younger than 21 who have been diagnosed with cancer.

There are currently 25 children from the Imperial Valley going through treatment or after-treatment care. All of the children must travel to San Diego or Los Angeles for treatment.

The Foundation provides a monetary donation at time of diagnosis.

They also offer:

  • Gas cards or gift cards
  • A wagon for the children
  • A chemo bear (teddy bear scented with lavender) for comfort
  • Referrals to other agencies that help cancer patients
  • Transportation
  • In some cases, they offer money for funerals. 

The Foundation has also helped with medical bills and alternative care treatment. They have helped families pay electric, water, and gas, and food.

By Kenneth Phillips, Community Resources Manager

Centinela prison inmates hold check for a cancer charity.
The residents of Facility C at Centinela State Prison raised money to benefit children battling cancer.

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