Ashariah Buller, Mobile Angel Unit Program Recipient and Mother
Before the establishment of the Kern County Cancer Foundation cancer patients had to choose between paying for their mortgage or paying for treatment. Local oncologists and community members rallied together to start KCCF in 2012 to eliminate the financial burden brought on by a cancer diagnosis.
Through donations and fundraising efforts, we have been able to award approximately $3 million and help more than 600 patients with the overwhelming cost of treatment. Even when insured, copays and deductibles add up quickly.
In addition to medical costs related to cancer treatment, Kern County is also challenged with a lack of treatment facilities for children diagnosed with cancer. Families have struggled with the cost of transporting their children to regular treatment out of the county. The closest treatment facility is over 100 miles away. Recognizing the need, KCCF began transporting children to treatment via shuttle and providing financial assistance to those families in 2020.
The Kern County Cancer Foundation is proud to provide for residents of all ages and ethnic groups in Kern County regardless of where they receive their treatment.
The heart of our organization is to assist as many local patients as we can — to lend a supportive hand during a trying time. As the need in our community grows additional donations are necessary. Please join us in our efforts to meet these needs by donating today.Donate
Underinsured or uninsured patients will be awarded assistance to bridge the gap between insurance costs and cancer related treatments.learn more
Our Mobile Angel Unit exists to help our youngest patients get to and from needed out-of-area appointments.learn more
The Cynthia Lake Charitable Trust has been a continued supporter of the Kern County Cancer Foundation. This year Cynthia is generously providing a grant to KCCF to purchase a new vehicle to transport children with cancer through our Mobile Angel Unit, a program which her family helped found. Cynthia has also provided a grant this year to assist families with gas cards when the use of a personal vehicle is an option. So many families will benefit by her sincere and selfless gift.
My wife and I would like to take this time to express our deepest gratitude to you and the KCCF committee in approving financial assistance towards my cancer treatment. It's one less thing to worry about while going through this "cancer" journey.