Bakersfield family mourns loss by planning 'Race for Cancer' event to help fund research for cure

Daughter had seven brain tumors when diagnosed

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - They call themselves The Battle Brigade. Their goal is simple- to help fund a cure for cancer and their fight won't stop until they are sure that no other family has to go through what they did. 

It has been more than five years since Beth Cheatwood lost her daughter, Vicki, to cancer. 

"She was diagnosed with stage 4 malignant melanoma, at the age of 34, she had seven brain tumors. They told her that she had weeks," remembered Cheatwood. 

Knowing the end was near, Cheatwood's daughter set a goal of making it to her 37th birthday, which she did. Unfortunately just six days later she passed away. 

Since then her family and friends have been inspired to fund research for a cancer cure. 

"It's out of control... I know my best friend shouldn't have died," explained Denise Sullivan, who was Vicki's closest friend. 

Collectively, the friends and family have thought of a plan to help raise money through our community. 

Their event, called Race for Cancer is happening at 10a.m. on Saturday, November 22nd at Rainman's Hobby and Raceway on 4615 Grissom Avenue. It is free to attend, and any money that is raised from the food, craft and raffle sales will go straight to the cancer society. 

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