Cancer patient gets help from the Kern County Cancer Fund, fundraiser taking place April 4 and 5

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Brandon Gonzales is a 25-year-old that has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. 

He said he noticed something like a bruise that kept getting worse when he went to the doctor in November of 2012.

The doctor told him it was the biggest tumor he had ever seen. Gonzales has already had two surgeries and is headed to UCLA for his third, a stem cell transplant.

After the first procedure, Gonzales and his girlfriend were staring at a mound of medical bills wondering how they would be able to pay for them.

That's when they found the Kern County Cancer Fund, a fund dedicated to providing financial help to those stricken by the disease.

Shannon Hernandez is a social worker at the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center and she steered Brandon through the maze of insurance and grants that are available. The cancer fund helped fill in any gaps.

The Kern County Cancer Fund relies on donations. You can help out by taking part in a major fundraiser on April 4th and 5th called Campout For Cancer. You can call (661) 616-6430 or log onto www.campoutagainstcancer.org for more information. 

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