Demand Appropriate Cancer Treatment for Rashid!

By the site admin:

Rashid has learned he has prostate cancer, as detailed here. He needs all his supporters to call the Virginia authorities and urge that he begin treatment immediately. The following text can be used by people calling or emailing in. It has been written by a comrade who also has cancer and is in touch with many friends who do as well, at Rashid’s request:

“My name is _______________________. My friend Kevin Johnson,#1007485, housed at Nottoway, just learned from the prison doctor that he has prostate cancer. Tests he took last October and November indicated that diagnosis almost certainly, but no biopsy was performed until April and the results reported to him on July 1. Eleven of 13 biopsies are positive for prostate cancer.

“Cancer kills, and it can kill fast. A friend with prostate cancer says his treatment started immediately upon diagnosis in an effort to stop the cancer from spreading to his lymph nodes and on to his bones, where it would be fatal. The Virginia Department of Corrections has already failed in its responsibility to provide even minimal care. Mr. Johnson’s thousands of supporters are shocked to hear of these inexcusably long delays in diagnosis. The best possible treatment must begin now. No obstacle must be allowed to cause further delay.”

Personalize the message if you can, and send it to the following authorities:

Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections
Harold W. Clarke
P.O. Box 26963
Richmond, VA 23261
(804) 674-3000

Director of Health Services, VADOC
Steve Herrick
(804) 887-8118

Warden Clint Davis
Nottoway Correctional Center
2892 Schutt Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
(434) 767-5543


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