Have you ever heard of the town Clyde, Ohio? I first heard about this town in the last few months when it was on the news and from stories around the internet. Clyde, Ohio, a town of only around 6,000 (2000 census) in Sandusky County. There’s a big story that has recently been told about this small town. They are part of a cancer cluster.
“Since 1996, 35 children have been diagnosed — and three have died — of brain tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, and other forms of cancer — all within a 12-mile wide circle that includes two small towns and farmland just south of Lake Erie. With many of the diagnoses coming between 2002 and 2006, state health authorities declared it a cancer cluster, saying the number and type of diagnoses exceed what would be expected statistically for so small a population over that time.” (MSNBC)
There are families with multiple children with cancer, some getting past it, some hoping they never ‘catch’ it. No one has been able to explain why this area has been affected with so many cancer cases.
This is a story you may have seen on the news or read about on the internet and felt bad for the kids and families. You may have thought “I wish there was something I could do to help them.” Well, whether or not you have thought about that before, now is the time to be thinking about how you can.
I answered a friend’s Facebook request to let her know if anyone was interested in finding a way to help these families in the cancer cluster and now we’re trying to do what we can together and with YOUR help.
Currently, we are trying to gather donations and will be making blankets for the children. It’s something that can comfort them no matter where they are. Depending how that goes, we may want to add to this project. If you have any ideas please share them with us! Keep watching for updates on the blog and on Facebook about how you can help us help the people in Clyde, Ohio!