"Fighting for Frederick" Families
PEOPLE-Frederick Cancer victims and their families
What began with a trace to environmental cancer by one family in 2010, has grown to the discovery and inclusion of 2,714 cancer victims and their families. This page is dedicated to them. Sadly, many of the affected are no longer here to speak for themselves. "Fighting for Frederick" (a project of the Kristen Renee Foundation) seeks justice on their behalf with the firm belief that every man, woman and child has the right to clean water, clean soil and clean air.
Corey Anthony Hunt, 25, graduate of Frederick’s Thomas Johnson High School, young African American football star, then on a college football scholarship as team captain. His life was cut short on Sept. 7, 2015 by cancer (synovial sarcoma).
Corey Hunt's mother, Michelle Hunt pictured in an interview that aired on USA Network’s ASPIREIST “Ghosts of Fort Detrick” segment with Phillippe Cousteau and Randy White about Fort Detrick toxic dump site and featuring the work of "Fighting for Frederick" a project of the Kristen Renee Foundation.
Jill Noffsinger, 39, of Middletown and formerly Frederick, Maryland, died March 5, 2017 from rectal cancer. Jill grew up in Clover Hill next to the Detrick fence-line. The Noffsingers had a pool and well water. Jill's two younger siblings also have been diagnosed with illnesses that can be linked to chemical exposure. Jill was a Ravens fan with a heart for people. She knew the importance of their story, and told it until she passed.
Dorothy "Dottie" Blank
Dorothy Blank, of Frederick, Maryland, passed away on June 17, 2016. Dottie lived with two forms of cancer; the most difficult was Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). She lived across from the Fort Detrick fence-line and Area B-11. The family well was contaminated.
For a decade, Dottie Blank and her daughter Debbie carried into the house large, heavy bottles of water that the Army supplied for drinking and cooking. Since it would be years before they would be hooked up to public water supply, well water was still necessary to use for laundry, bathing and gardening.
Dottie and her daughter Debbie were the first residents we worked with in summer 2010. They have been a constant support.
Dottie demonstrated much courage and strong faith in God through the hardship, and always with genuine love and a positive attitude.