Nevada Inmates Raise $15,000 For Cancer Research

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An annual nationwide fund-raising event for breast cancer research got a boost from Nevada prison inmates.

About 1,000 inmates at six northern Nevada prisons took part Sunday in the Race for the Cure and raised more than $15,000.

Organizers said Nevada is the only state that has involved male inmates in the event, which has grown to 112 races and more than 1.3 million participants nationwide.

Inmates either ran or walked on athletic fields at the prisons, including the medium-security Nevada State Prison in Carson City and the Lovelock Correctional Center.

Inmate Dwayne Allred of the Stewart Conservation Camp in Carson City raised about $115.

"I lost both my grandparents to cancer," he told the Nevada Appeal. "Now my wife, mother, mother-in-law and daughter are all at risk of getting breast cancer."

Stewart inmate Dan Troxell thought of his sister, Breezy, who died of breast cancer eight months ago.

"She was only 34, man," he said.

Pat McGaffin, a case worker for the state Department of Corrections, said she decided to get the inmates involved after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996.

"I wanted to get the men involved so they could give back," she said, adding they have raised $35,000 over the last four years.

All money raised goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which has put on the races for 20 years.

More races are held every year.

"(California's) Folsom Prison contacted me last year," McGaffin said. "They want to do a competition."

The High Desert and Southern Desert correctional centers in Southern Nevada also are planning races, she said.

Of the $10,800 raised by Nevada inmates last year, the foundation gave $8,500 to a Carson City hospital to support women going through radiation treatment.

Other participating prisons were the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, Warm Springs Correctional Center and Silver Springs Conservation Camp.