BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Over the weekend the second Christian Simpson Golf Tournament was held at Buena Vista Golf Course and raised more than $26,000 for the Christian Simpson Foundation.
The foundation takes the money they raise from the golf tournament and from generous donations and helps financially support families who have children battling cancer.
The foundation was started in honor of Christian Simpson, a young man who grew up in Kern County and was diagnosed with Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma at 17 years old.
Unfortunately, Christian lost his battle seven months later at the age of 18.
However, his father Johnny Simpson said throughout his battle Christian constantly looked for ways to give to the younger children in the hospital also battling cancer. For instance, on his 18th birthday he asked that instead of presents for him, people bring gifts to give to the other kids at the hospital battling cancer.
In an effort to keep Christian's legacy going, Johnny Simpson and his wife Ashley Simpson created the Christian Simpson Foundation.
Since it's start, Johnny Simpson said the Christian Simpson Foundation has not had to turn a single family in need away.
In an email from Ashley Simpson, she said "We are humbled by the number of supporters that we have and by their kindness and generosity. We truly could not have done this without them. Several of the families that we are currently following as well as new families will benefit greatly."
The foundation accepts monetary and toy donations all year long. They are also always looking for volunteers.
For more information or if you'd like to help out you can contact Ashley and Johnny Simpson at 661-745-4903 or email at email@example.com. You can also check out their Facebook page Christian Simpson Strong here.