By KRISTIAN DEL ROSARIO
In Fort Pierce, more than a dozen people have been diagnosed with glioblastoma. This disease affects about 13,000 people in the U.S each year. It is an aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer.
In this town of just 45,000 people, patients and their families want to know if there is something leading to their illness.
Eleven patients or surviving family members met each other through word of mouth over the last year and realized some interesting common trends. They live at most seven miles apart, the majority are within five miles of each other, and some lived on the same street at some point.
In one of the cases two patients even lived in the same house through over a span of 20 years. The 11 current cases that have been discovered were diagnosed within the last 5 years affecting people younger than three years old all the way to their 70s.
These families being affected are struggling immensely with financials and the bills are piling up.Some have paid more than $50,000 since their diagnosis.
The goal of these group of people is to find out whether or not there is an environmental factor making them sick.
Most of the glioblastoma patients have moved to new homes over the years and The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County recently met with the support group of glioblastoma patients.
They will be offering them any available services due to the overwhelming amount of payments some patients have.
This story was covered in a very informational manner with lots of research on the people involved in the case. I feel like this story could be perceived as weird and crazy, but once reading it, I noticed it’s not just irony.