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New charity benefits cancer patients

New charity benefits cancer patients

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A new charity in Kern County is helping cancer patients by remodeling their kitchens. It's something they hope to continue each year near Valentine's Day for a patient selected through the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center.

The first recipient is the woman who inspired the charity, Carmen Munoz. Her son, Ray Saldana, is with Wood Masters. She had been bugging him to paint her kitchen. When she started undergoing chemotherapy at CBCC, he decided it was time, but he needed her doctor's help to make his remodeling plan a surprise.

With that, Kitchens for Cancer was born.

With the help of CBCC's Dr. Ravi Patel, Saldana arranged for his mother to take a break from chemo and got her out of town. The project took about three days. All the volunteers were on hand Saturday to witness Munoz's surprise.

"When remodeling somebody's kitchen. When remodeling somebody's dining room, somebody's home, they get healing inside of them," Saldana said.

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KBAK/KBFX assignment editor Tammy Brown contributed to this report.

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