20+ YEARS OF WAITING IS OVER: Wilmington Childhood Cancer Study To Be Released Today

WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health intends on releasing the findings of the long-awaited Wilmington Childhood Study to the public this Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

“The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Environmental Health Assessment responded to calls by Wilmington residents and the Wilmington Board of Health to initiate a cancer study in 1999,” Hull wrote in a memo to the Selectmen. “Cases of brain cancer, Hodgkinson’s disease, leukemia, and non-Hodgkinson’s lymphoma were identified in the Kelly Hill neighborhood. Children diagnosed with cancer who were living in Wilmington between the years of 1989 and 2000 were the focus of the study.”

Hull noted the study has been drastically slowed over the years due to “a lack of state funding, staff turnover within the agency, and mistakes made with respect to study protocols.”

Families of the children who were subjects of the cancer study received a private briefing on the study’s findings on Tuesday morning from Alicia Fraser, Director of the state’s Environmental Epidemiology Program. Wilmington’s legislative delegation, Selectmen Chair Jonathan Eaton, Health Director Shelly Newhouse, and Town Manager Jeff Hull received their own briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

Wilmington Apple will share the study’s findings when they are released.

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