Giving Back to Our Community

Our Mission

 

Jeff Moreland passed away in late 2012 after a 13 month battle with brain cancer. Cancer was the reason his life was cut short, but it doesn't define him or his life.

 

Jeff was a wonderful person. A leader of men. He always strived to do his best, to treat people well and put others before himself. He was always ready to help you carry your burden, no matter the weight. He was a man of faith and family, who touched all who came to know him. His strength and love for others was personified during his battle with cancer, as he wanted to help others as he had been helped.

 

The Jeffrey Moreland Cancer Foundation was founded in order to celebrate Jeff's life by  giving back and supporting our community in their fight against cancer.

 

 

 

Jeffrey Scott Moreland

Inspiration Behind Our Foundation

          The Jeffrey Moreland Cancer Foundation was created in 2013 in memory of Jeffrey Moreland, a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend.

          In late 2011, Jeff was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was later discovered to be a very rare form of brain cancer. Over the next thirteen months he fought through four surgeries, radiation therapy, long hospital stays and physical and cognitive therapy. It was amongst all of these trying times in Jeff’s life that the love, generosity, and kindness of others touched him deeply.

          Jeffrey was a Correctional Officer at The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran, Ca. When news of his illness reached his fellow officers, a time bank was established so that coworkers could donate their vacation hours to help cover Jeff’s absence and paychecks while he was fighting cancer. These same officers setup an additional time bank for Jeff’s brother Mike, to ensure that he could be by Jeff’s side without fret. Neither Jeff nor his brother ever missed a dime of their paychecks. Donations were given from churches, friends, family and even strangers.  In this difficult time in Jeff’s life and the lives of those who love him, these acts of generosity and compassion meant everything in the world.

          Jeff was so grateful and humbled by the love and kindness he received. He always spoke about how he couldn’t wait to do the same for someone else, to impact another person’s life as his had been.  Jeff passed away peacefully in November of 2012, never having the chance to fulfill his desire to lend a helping hand to those in similar situations. We created this nonprofit organization to make a difference in Jeff’s honor.

          Our mission is to help Kern County families affected by cancer. We hope to raise money and provide financial assistance through donations and fundraising to help families and their battle with cancer.  We encourage the donations to be used in anyway the families wish, whether it  be used to pay bills, to cover a paycheck, or to help family members afford to be there for their loved one during these unprecedented times. It can even be used to make memories on a family trip or vacation. Our goal is to make a hard time easier, to lift the spirits of those in need, and to give them a helping hand when they need it the most. 

Raising money for cancer research is a selfless act and efforts should be celebrated. Everyday, Americans are finding ways to donate time and money towards this worthy cause and knowing that we are all working towards the common goal to find a cure bonds us in our efforts. Did you know that Kern County raised roughly $3 million for the American Cancer Society in the 2011-2012 fundraising season? What a remarkable accomplishment for the individuals, teams and business who generated such an incredible amount. The money raised in Kern County is used to assist families affected by cancer all over America, but only about 20% of the funds raised is spent locally. We felt that as a non-profit organization in Bakersfield, our efforts would best benefit the members of our communities, which is why we have chosen to donate our profits to local families.   After receiving donations and hosting our event, we will celebrate our efforts by choosing local families currently being affected by cancer and gift our fundraising profits.