said Patel, Director of Business Development at CBCC.
The total has risen since Sunday to $1.76 million, but that's still less than the $2.1 raised in 2012.
Patel has been a Relay for Life committee member for the past 15 years.
In past events, teams from CBCC
would raise $65,000 for the American Cancer Society
But, that stopped this year when they found out, of the $2.5 million raised locally in 2011, less than $73,000 went directly to patient care in Kern County.
"When we saw that it was a big shock for us," said Patel
of the numbers.
The news prompted Fight for Life organizer, Leslie Knox, to donate to the newly former Kern County Cancer Fund or KCCF
, which was started by Dr. Ravi Patel
as a new program under the CBCC
Foundation for Community Wellness.
Fight for Life raised $632,000 this year which was matched by Dr. Patel