We have partnered with a local organization– The Josh Farler Foundation to help raise funds for cancer patients in need. Our first quarter goal is to donate $25,000.
We do this by donating to them a portion of our income from homes we sell. The Josh Farler Foundation (JFF) helps Kern County residents pay travel, food, and housing expenses associated with cancer treatment.
In 2012, JFF partnered with the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center and the AIS Cancer Center to reach more families. As our reach expanded, we became even more aware of our community’s needs. We need your support to continue providing help to those who need it.
To date, JFF, and its sister organization in Nevada, have provided over half a million dollars to families struggling to pay cancer treatment expenses. JFF’s funds are raised during three annual fund-raising events.
Josh Farler was born July 27, 1985 and lived in Bakersfield California until his parents moved to Yerington Nevada. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July, 2004 at the age of 19 while away at college.
Josh was in a catch 22 situation. He had enrolled in college and moved into the dorm but had not attended any classes as school had not started, when he was diagnosed. He went home to have the first surgery, then to Los Angeles for a second along with all of the Chemo treatments. His insurance would not pay for any of his medical bills because he was not in school! His parents eventually obtained a private, very expensive, insurance which covered some of the costs but still left them with a tremendous financial burden.
This is the situation that a lot of people find themselves in when loved ones are hospitalized for treatment. It can get very expensive to live in motels and eat out for long periods of time. Most of the time family members stayed in the room with Josh, which can be exhausting. He and his family made this trip numerous times in the following year and a half. To help offset the costs, the extended family organized the first benefit poker tournament for Josh and raised close to $13,000. Josh was very positive and patient during his illness. He loved to play poker and we would have games when he came though Bakersfield to rest at his grandmother’s home and visit with his family here for a few days before making the trip home. Then the cycle would start all over again.
Josh lost his long and hard fought battle with cancer on December 26th, 2005. Our goal now is to help people in Kern County with travel and lodging expenses while seeking treatment. With transportation funds within the Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center and the AIS Cancer center, both in Bakersfield California, we continue to assist those in need. Each center promotes the Josh Farler Foundation by directing funds in a wide variety of manners while also directing specific request for funding directly to the foundation board.
The Josh Farler “Memorial Fight against Cancer” benefit was the “Brain Child” of Mike Nipper and continues to be our primary fund raising event.
Why We Want To Get Involved with The Josh Farler Foundation....
January of this past year, after surgery, I was able to hear the words You are Cancer Free! Those were the sweetest words I’ve ever heard. Since then, I have watched one of my very dear friends take the 2 hour drive twice a week down to Cedars Siani Hospital for chemo treatments. Insurance is covering the medical part for them but, if you ask them how much gas, lodging and food is just to make this exhausting trip, the numbers are in the tens of thousands.
Most people who are fighting this awful disease don’t have a rainy day fund to cover all the expenses that are needed. This is the reason we are so passionate about The Josh Farler Foundation. They saw the need and they stepped up. They are there to help families in need to cover the cost of transportation, lodging and meals while a loved one is fighting their battle with cancer. We take pride in supporting in a way that we feel can really make a difference. Our team is committed to providing outstanding results for buyers and sellers referred to us by our past clients. Since their services survive on sponsorship and donations we are happy to contribute and proud to support them.
Bridget Daugherty & Cheryl Mauck
The Mauck-Daugherty Group