Kern County Cancer Fund selects leadership

{A href=""}BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Kern County Cancer Fund has selected its Board of Governors.

At a press conference Wednesday, the nonprofit group announced board members and the new chairman, Bruce Jay.

The new fund is designed to assist Kern County residents in need of financial support during cancer treatment.

The funds can pay for family needs, travel expenses and prescription or insurance payments.

Jay says since January the fund has already distributed over $120,000 between 34 families in need of help.

On hand was one of the first recipients of funding, Deanna Brown.

Two years ago Brown was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She lost her job, and her health insurance. She says she's extremely thankful and humbled for the help she received from KCCF.

Today she is in remission.

Also at the press conference today local volunteer groups "Going Coconuts for a Cure" and "The Wavehogs" presented checks to the fund that combined for over $100,000.