( Goffstown , NH ) Female Offenders at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown will be participating in the annual American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in the prison’s recreational yard on Sunday, October 14, 2007 . Acting-Warden Joanne Fortier announced that seventy women would walk around the yard thirty-four times, which is the equivalent of five miles.
The inmates are calling their team Happy Feet. They will be permitted to withdraw cash from their inmate accounts to donate to the American Cancer Society and their family and friends will have an address to which pledges can be mailed and credited to the Happy Feet team.
Acting-Warden Fortier said, “The main focus of this participation is awareness. If we can encourage the women and their families and friends to get mammograms or take other preventative care measures then we have succeeded.”
The annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a non-competitive walk to help fight breast cancer and give hope to those facing the disease. Employees of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections have participated in this walk in the past and a new team is being fo rmed for this year.
For information about The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, call 1-800-ACS 2345 or visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline”