Going the Extra Mile
August 14, 2019
(Alexandra Barton, DOC Communications)
BELFAIR – Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women held its annual Relay for Life event in June 2019 and raised about $2,500 for the American Cancer Society, the event sponsor, to aid in the search for a cure. Pamela Adler, an incarcerated participant, says this is her favorite event because of the cause it supports.
“It means a lot for the survivors and everybody battling,” Adler said. “We need to find a cure and I think it’s really important, as a community, that we do this together."
There were eleven teams. The rules for the event required at least one member of each team walk around the track at all times. Adler says she never sits down and loves to join in for all the activities throughout the day. She hopes to get the chance to keep attending relays in the future.
During the event, the women could take a break from walking to participate in various activities and games such as a hula hoop contest, musical chairs, kickball, and dancing. Another relay committee member, Danna Anders, says the greatest part of the event is the shared laughter and joy.
“I’ve always had a good time,” Anders said. “The best thing about this relay is just being a family and having a good time.”
Having the opportunity to create pro-social connections with others can lead incarcerated individuals to a smoother reentry into the community and reduce recidivism. This helps the department in its mission to improve public safety and create safer communities.