A father and son in St. Clair who have both been fighting brain cancer are at risk of loosing their home due to overwhelming medical bills. 11-year-old Dylan has been fighting a rare brain cancer and it is spread to his spine. Dylan must undergo radiation treatment five days out of the week and on top of that, his father was just diagnosed with brain cancer as well.
Danielle Williams is a family friend and said, "The nurse came out crying - just in disbelief that she had to tell this family again that Dan had a 5-6 centimeter mass on his brain. Terminal. They couldn't get it all." The father is Dan, a 45-year-old carpenter, and father of four beautiful children who have just learned that he may not have much longer to live. Williams said, "No family should ever, let alone having to deal with their son having a rare brain cancer, having son and father fighting for their life at the same time."
Other friends of the family say that the father and son are the latest victims in an alarming trend that is spreading in Marine City. Activists say the nearby coal and chemical plants are making the people of the area extremely sick. Williams says her own daughter was part of a group of kids in Marine City who were diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer called Wilms tumor which plagued the town in 2011. Her daughter has recovered but Dan and Dylan may not be as fortunate.
Williams says not just the water is dirty due to the 67 chemical plants nearby, but the air is very dirty too. An investigation in 2013 into the Wilms tumor cases conducted by the St. Clair County health department was inconclusive.
If you would like to help Dan and Dylan, you can donate to their Gofundme campaign here:(https://www.gofundme.com/dylan-popescu-brain-hemorrhage)
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