Clyde Cancer Cluster Families to be featured in Documentary

The interviewing process with residents of Clyde, Ohio recently began for a documentary that details the past, present, and future of cancer. Filmmaker Ken Burns and his production team from Ark Media have visited Clyde to begin preliminary interviews for the documentary, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”

The documentary will be aired on PBS in three parts. The first part will highlight stories of doctors, researchers and patients. The second part of the documentary will be profiles of patients and the relationships that they have with others as they live with their disease. The third part highlights the future of cancer research.

The documentary is based on the book of the same name that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. A goal of this documentary is to keep within the essence of the book while “…reshaping the way the public sees cancer stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it.”

Warren and Wendy lost their daughter, Alexa Brown, to cancer in 2009. Both parents were interviewed for the PBS documentary, answering questions regarding how childhood cancer affects families with young people.  In addition, they were also asked their thoughts regarding the alleged causes of the Clyde Cancer Cluster.

Warren explained how his wife, Wendy, began reading “The Emperor of All Maladies” about a month ago before they even knew that filmmakers would visit Clyde. He also said, “I think it’s a great thing. We’re encouraged that they’re doing it. The more emphasis we can bring to help those in power fund cancer research, the better off we’ll be.”

Sandusky County Health Commissioner David Pollick was also contacted by the documentary team. In an article posted by The News-Messenger, Pollick describes the need for a firsthand perspective in the documentary from a public official involved to explain how the events surrounding the cancer cluster have unfolded.

Our law office is very happy that the families of the Clyde Cancer Cluster will have another platform to share their story on. 

Watch a preview for the documentary here.

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