I grew up in Ashland, class of 1996. It was a great place to live, small town, close families, safe neighborhoods and good memories. A place every family would want to live! Like most people, I knew about Nyanza and knew it had caused a lot of health issues but since it was closed down when I was very little, it wasn’t something I really thought a lot about. I was old enough to know bad things were happening because of these lingering chemicals, but young enough not to realize the full impact it had on the town. As I grew up and realized that a neighbor with cancer was linked to this site, it all sunk in. Like most people, I believed that the site was cleaned. As I grew up and started my own family, Ashland was a natural fit. Close to my parents, a familiar feel, and the childhood my children deserved. I was shocked to hear that people were still fighting cancers and rare diseases, even to this day. I joined this group to raise awareness that this is not fully cleaned up and we have more people to save. Secondly, I joined the fight to make sure that the site is fully cleaned and won’t harm anyone again. My kids are my top priority and I will work hard to make sure they never suffer because of this.