CBCC honors cancer patients, celebrates 25th anniversary

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield cancer center honored all cancer patients for their fight against the disease, Sunday.

The Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center gets 2,500 patients each year.

They were the first cancer center to open in Kern County and celebrated their 25th anniversary, today. Along with the celebration of service came a celebration of life for all of their patients. 

Priscilla Sierras, who received treatment at CBCC after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, said the center really helped her get through a tough time.

"Everyone at CBCC was very helpful, it was a scary time, and they always treated you well," said Sierras. 

The event provided food, fun and live music for families to enjoy. Cynthia Lakes and Congressman Kevin McCarthy were also in attendance. The Congressman's mother spoke to patients about her fight against the awful disease. 

The event ended with a candle light ceremony in honor of patients, survivors and those who have passed away. 

Doctor at CBCC, Ravi Patel, said keeping events like this in the community helps remind patients that there is still a lot to look forward to in life.  

"We want the patients to remember that in spite of cancer they can continue to live..and its a very positive celebration of life," said Patel. 

CBCC is set to open the county's first and only Pediatric Oncology and Hermatology Center, next month. 

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