Cumberland Times-News

September 4, 2011

WCI staff, inmates to present pillowcases


Cumberland Times-News

— CRESAPTOWN — Western Correctional Institution staff and inmates will present more than 2,000 colorful inmate-made pillowcases to the ConKerr Cancer Foundation on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the prison on McMullen Highway in Cresaptown.

Begun by former WCI Assistant Warden Harry Murphy, who was moved by the sight of cheerful young chemotherapy patients while he was getting his own cancer treatments, the pillowcase effort has now yielded more than 5,000 inmate-made pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer.

Based in southeastern Pennsylvania, the non-profit was founded by Cindy Kerr, whose teenage son died of cancer several years ago. Its mission is to provide cheerful pillowcases to children’s cancer wards worldwide. This WCI pillowcase donation of more than 2,000 represents the largest such donation to the charity.

September is Child Cancer Awareness Month, and ConKerr Cancer has kicked off the Miles of Pillowcase Smiles campaign, designed to bring attention to the plight of families enduring the difficulties associated with childhood cancers. As it happens, the 2,000 pillowcases made by WCI inmates, if laid end to end, would stretch one mile.