Teaming Up Against Cancer BBQ fundraiser raises more than $36,000 for local cancer survivors and their families

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Teaming Up Against Cancer BBQ fundraiser raised more than $36,000 for the Kern County Cancer Coalition on Wednesday.

KGET teamed up with four local organizations at the Crystal Palace parking lot on Buck Owens Boulevard. Money raised from the event goes towards serving cancer survivors and their families. The Kern Cancer Coalition includes the Josh Farler Foundation, Kern County Cancer Foundation, Links for Life and Thumbs Up Cancer Down.

The Kern Cancer Coalition said it wasn’t able to host in-person fundraisers last year because of the pandemic, and lost out on a lot of funding.

“We all provide something different for our patients, so we all thought to come together as local organizations and try to solve this issue,” Executive Director of the Kern County Cancer Foundation Michelle Avila said. “We want to thank everyone for taking part in this event.”

A $15 donation included a deep pit beef sandwich, chips, water and a cookie.

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