(ROCKVILLE) – Lori Mitchell, Community Manager of the Wabash Valley Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Central Indiana, was on hand at the Rockville Correctional Facility (RCF) to receive a $944.50 donation from incarcerated offenders.
More than 230 offenders chose to support the fundraiser by purchasing one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts each.
The initiative sponsored by the RCF Recreation Center is a rewarding opportunity for offenders exhibiting good behavior. Incarcerated populations typically do not have access to such luxuries, and incentives such as these can help decrease negative behaviors while benefiting local Indiana communities.
Community Manager Mitchell was able to meet with five offenders, all cancer survivors, who were able to share their stories of struggle and hope. As these offenders articulated their experiences a need for a support group was realized.
With the help and guidance of staff, this group of offenders will form the initial group which will be expanded to include newly diagnosed offenders as needed.
Nancy Brinker created the Foundation after her only sister, Susan G. Komen, died of breast cancer at age 36 in 1980. The foundation has gone on to raise money used to educate, treat, and support families worldwide affected by breast cancer. The Central Indiana Chapter provides services to 34 Indiana counties, and is battling breast cancer on all fronts using donated dollars to directly benefit women, men and families who are dealing with the costly challenge of breast cancer in our community.