BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The first ever Campout Against Cancer event in Southwest Bakersfield turned out to be a huge success, as it raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local cancer patients.
More than 500 people came out to compete in several fun and friendly races that started off as 30 teams, and later other individuals joined in on the thrill of ziplining, rock climbing, and more.
With this huge turnout donations and registration fees helped collect a large sum of money that will go directly to Kern County cancer patients.
The total donations collected is more than $327,000 - and it's all going to the Kern County Cancer Fund.
As with many fundraiser events like this one, local cancer patients told 23ABC it truly makes a difference to see the community unite behind a good cause.
"I never knew there were so many generous people," said Ronnie Evaro, a patient battling cancer. "(They) come out, don't even know you, tried to help ... it's really giving. I've heard it before and now I know it's true."
Organizers of the event are more than content with the fundraiser's huge success and are already planning for next year's event.
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