Here are some of the human faces behind the statistics:
Childhood cancer, once a rarity, up 67.1% since 1950.
Michael Gillick developed brain cancer as an infant and was not expected to live to see his first birthday. He is now nearly 30 years old but he has been in pain all his life and has grown to only about three feet tall.
Michael lives in Toms River, New Jersey, where two chemical companies, Union Carbide and Ciba-Geigy, had operated for years and emitted or spilled large amounts of toxic chemicals into the environment. He is one of over 100 children in the area who have developed leukemia or brain cancer in recent years. But the local and state government did not investigate until Michael’s mother Linda organized parents into a mutual self-help and advocacy organization, Oceans of Love, and began raising hell. Toms River is one of only two federal investigations that concluded a cancer cluster existed, but even here the exact cause remains in contention.