18 Bands playing together to help support Bakersfield father


More than a dozen bands are coming together for a good cause and performing at one of the largest and well-known nightclub concert venues in our community.

The bands are helping a Bakersfield father as he faces the fight of his life.         

Listening to live music, Bakersfield father Joseph Springs worries what his future may be like.

"I wasn't going to be there for my family. I have two little ones, so it’s kind of rough," he said.

In May, Springs was diagnosed with testicular cancer.  He underwent surgery and is now going through chemotherapy. 

"I never went to the doctor, but looking at it now, you feeling a little sick can actually lead to be something a lot worse than it actually is," said Springs.

Unable to work because of cancer treatment, he lost his insurance and his ability to pay his medical expenses.

"It gets really expensive. A lot of people don't understand that. You save up money, you put it away in the bank and sometimes that cushion isn't big enough," he said.

His mother, Wendy McWilliams gathered all her friends and their friends and decided to organize a benefit concert for her son.

"He means the absolute world to me. He means everything to me. I would do anything for my children," she said.

The concert at Trouts Night Club in Bakersfield features 18 bands playing country, rock and blues all on one stage. They're not just raising much needed money, but also awareness.

"Raise the awareness of that type of cancer in the hopes people need to check randomly. Guys, you're no different than a woman having to check herself for breast cancer," she said.

A portion of food sales from the event is also going to the Bakersfield father who says he wouldn't be able to do it all if it wasn't for the support of his loved ones.

"Thank you mom, I love you," said Springs.

The benefit continues throughout Sunday evening.

There is a fund already set up at Kern Schools Federal Credit Union under: Joseph Springs.


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