Elizabeth Redenbaugh had a compelling reason to serve on NCLCV’s Board. Years ago, her husband was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor – a rare form of cancer that never strikes adults – until it did.
The oncologists were puzzled. Elizabeth says, “We were terrified. It took a full month for pathologists from around the country to identify his cancer. My dear husband had to have an 11-pound tumor removed. A rib had to be broken to remove it due to its size. He endured 18 weeks of chemotherapy and years of pain and uncertainty.”
Duke specialists searched for the reason this rare type of tumor afflicted Mr. Redenbaugh’s body. And they may have found it. Like millions of North Carolinians, the Redenbaughs’ water source is the Cape Fear River. For decades, it has been polluted with GenX – a toxic “forever chemical” manufactured near Fayetteville that is found in tons of everyday products. Detected in almost everyone’s bloodstream at some level, such chemicals’ unregulated prevalence and impact on our health is an all-too-common case of profit over people. GenX and its cousin chemicals are known to cause rare cancers and birth defects, but so much is yet unknown about their full
impact on our lives.
Elizabeth says, “The legislature is still working on policies to protect the people of North Carolina from dangerous pollutants, and I wanted to help. So, I joined NCLCV’s Board. Together, we can hold industry responsible through legislation, or better yet, prohibit them from dumping toxins into our communities in the first place. But we must work together, and I want to be part of that.”
“So I give monthly, and I watch the website for ways to take action. Long after I am off the board, North Carolina will need all of us to support NCLCV’s efforts to protect our land, water, and families.”
“A healthy and thriving environment is critical to building a healthy and thriving community. We cannot separate the land from who we are, and in order to guarantee our future, we need to invest in sustainable practices that protect our environment. Protecting the environment means protecting people.”
Representative Kandie D. Smith
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