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CBCC 2nd Annual Christmas Celebration and Toy Giveaway (Pictures)

Snow, toys, ponies, dinner and Santa awaited Friday evening as the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center Foundation held its second annual Christmas Celebration and Toy Giveaway.

More than 200 children and family members from the foundation's transportation program and pediatric treatment program were expected, according to organizers.

Check out photos from the event HERE.

Courtesy: Bakersfield Californian

Let It Snow – Christmas Celebration for local Children with Cancer.

The CBCC Foundation will be holding its 2nd annual Christmas Celebration and Toy Giveaway for Local Pediatric Cancer Patients and their families this Friday, December 19th. Over 200 children and family members from the Foundation’s Transportation program and from CBCC’s new Pediatric Treatment program will be in attendance. 20 tons of snow will be blown to make a sled ramp and a play area for kids including pony rides, face painting, games, arts & crafts and more. There will be pictures with Santa and a Toy Giveaway as well as Mariachi performances, Caroling and Hawaiian Dancing.   All items and activities have been donated by our generous community including major sponsorship from CBCC, Kern Health Systems and Advanced Industrial Services/Fight for Life.

In addition, the Lake Family will be unveiling their Mobile Angel Unit, a program that has provided vehicles for our pediatric transportation program. The vehicles will be on display.

Event Details:
   Friday, December 19, 2014
Time: 4pm-8pm
   4pm – Sledding, Snow Fight & Pony Rides
   5pm – Games, Face Painting, Pictures with Santa, Arts & Crafts
   5:30pm – Mariachi Performance
   6:00pm – Dinner
   6:30pm – Presentations
   6:45pm – Toy Giveaway and KHS Carolers Performance
   7:15pm – Hula Ministry Performance
   7:45 – Raffle and Closing
Purpose: To Celebrate Christmas with our littlest patients
Location: CBCC South Parking Lot, 6501 Truxtun Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309
Other: Attendees are by invitation only.

CBCC Foundation for Community Wellness
CBCC Foundation for Community Wellness is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support local cancer patients regardless of treatment facility or circumstance. We provide opportunities for patients to learn about cancer and gather the tools that will assist them in their fight against the disease. The organization accomplishes this through educational, financial, and emotional assistance programs.

If you would like more information on this topic or would like to schedule an interview please contact Git Patel at (661) 201-2525 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Targeting Breast Cancer (Video)

Every year, more than 200,000 women will get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women will die from the disease every year. Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older. However, breast cancer also affects younger women and men. About 11 percent of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age and about 400 men die from the disease annually. In response, KBAK decided to dedicate the entire show to learning about the disease.

Courtesy: KBAK

Click HERE to see Dr. Patel and cancer survivors discuss breast cancer treatment.

Schools, Doctor Ponder Cancer Claims Against Artificial Turf


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Because of the drought, and easier maintenance, more and more people are turning to fields of artificial turf instead of real grass, but some say that trend has led to a spike in cancer.

Now, some parents say they’ll never let their kids play sports on a synthetic field again.

“You can neglect it, and neglect it, and neglect it, and you get out there with a blower and clean it up, and it looks like the day you put it in,” said Mark Swaim of Southwest Greens of Bakersfield.

Swaim might be the “go-to” guy for putting fake grass on your lawn. Most think it looks pretty good, and since nobody has to water it, the artificial grass might be a good investment.

“We figure anywhere from two and a half to three and a half years is going to be their payoff point,” he said.

But, one soccer coach in Seattle now thinks playing sports on a synthetic field could be giving kids cancer. She created a list of 34 soccer goalies that have gotten cancer – players that dive around on the surface every day.

“There's no proof yet that this definitely does it,” said Dr. Ravi Patel of the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center in Bakersfield. “It's a controversial area."

Patel said that “rubber crumbs” that these artificial athletic fields have could contain chemicals like Benzene, which is a known carcinogen.

The rubber is there to provide an extra amount of padding to protect against injuries, like concussions. Generally, the pellets come from ground up tires that would otherwise sit at a landfill.

“These minute particles start circulating in the air and either you can breathe it or inhale it,” said Patel. “Either it comes from the rubber itself or in the mixing process they'll end up with it.”

But, Swaim said his grass is safe, especially because it doesn’t contain those rubber pellets.

“We're certified for schools, playgrounds, day cares everything," he said. "We haven't used rubber infill in any of our products in eight or nine years."

"They used to take anything they could and stick it in there for cushion -- tennis shoes, tires, anything -- and it did not have a controlled environment," Swaim continued.

Even still, Swaim said that he expects plenty of schools to switch to artificial fields.

Kennedy High School in Delano already plays on turf, and Assistant Superintendent James Hay of the Delano Joint High School District said he has no reason to think that their student athletes are in any danger.

The athletic director at Bakersfield High School said artificial turf is one of the options they’re looking into.

“Before that is done, I think that it needs to be checked into,” said Patel, “and not by a single individual.

”One of the difficulties in proving this theory is the fact that every tire is different, and is made of different materials.

A group called the Synthetic Turf Council has a list of 14 studies on its website that it says proves artificial turf is safe.