By The Bakersfield Californian
A local leukemia patient known for his work with the Bakersfield Police Activities League will be the first person to receive financial support from the Kern County Cancer Fund, according to a news release from the new group.
Michael Dallas, 45, will receive $1,275 a month for six months to cover his insurance share of cost of cancer treatment, the news release said. Dallas is undergoing chemotherapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia at Kern Medical Center in preparation for a bone marrow transplant.
The cancer fund Patient Eligibility committee approved the assistance for Dallas and his case will be reviewed in six months.
Dallas is the father of Bakersfield boxer Michael Dallas Jr., who qualified for the 2007 Olympic trials. Dallas also has a 16-year-old son who lives with him.
The cancer fund was created to provide Kern County cancer patients "financial assistance in obtaining screening, diagnosis and treatment for cancer and allied diseases, emergency family funds and access to programs to support patients and their families," the news release said.
The Taft Fox Theatre will host a sensory-friendly showing of "Wreck-It Ralph" Saturday for people with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other sensory disorders and their families.
The showing is 2:30 p.m. at 514 Center St. in Taft. Admission is $5, according to an announcement from the theatre. For this special showing, the lights will be turned up, the sound will be turned down and audience members will be free to move about and make noise. The concession stand will be open but families with children who have special diets can bring their own snacks.
For information, call 765-7469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Burke Lincoln and Houchin Community Blood Bank will host a blood drive and "Drive Smart for the Cause" fundraiser Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. sponsored by Bakersfield Rotary clubs.
The national dealer will donate $20 per test drive up to 300 drivers, but the local dealer, Jim Burke Lincoln, will match that amount if 301 or more drivers show up, meaning the blood bank could rake in $40 for per test drive for the blood bank's capital campaign.
Drivers must be older than 18 and only one person per household address will count for a campaign contribution, according to a news release. Drivers can pick one of 10 new vehicles to test drive and the test drives should take about five minutes.
Visit www.hcbb.com or call 616-2505 for information.
Advanced Center for Eyecare will host the "Appetite for Sight" fundraiser at Wool Growers Restaurant on Nov. 15.
Advanced Center for Eyecare is a nonprofit that provides "educational, medical and surgical eye care" to underserved people in Kern County, according to a news release. The event will feature an exclusive menu, music and a live and silent auction. A social hour starts at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $100, $500 for a table of six and $900 for a table of 10. Call 215-1006 to purchase tickets.