Taft parks district to host benefit for boy battling cancer

TAFT, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - West Side Recreation and Park District will be hosting a benefit for a 12-year-old boy battling cancer.

Brandyn McFarland has embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma.

The Brandyn Strong benefit is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Recreation Center, 500 Cascade Place, in Taft. Fundraising T-shirts will be available for $15, and the event will feature barbecue, bounce house, mechanical bull, dunk tank and raffles.

"Brandyn has a heart of gold ...," according to a news release from Laney Pait, senior recreation leader for WSRPD.

"Just a few short weeks ago, Brandyn began experiencing some pain and swelling in his lower jaw, which was initially chalked up to his 12 year molars coming in. When the pain and swelling persisted and got worse, Brandyn's parents sought answers. After visits to a dentist, oral surgeon and Maxiollfacial surgeon, it was determined that it was in fact a tumor causing his pain and discomfort," according to the news release.

The boy is fighting "an aggressive and rare cancer that has literally destroyed the bottom lower right side of his jaw," according to the WSRPD news release.

To contribute to the event, contact Pait at (661) 765-6677 or