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Cancer cluster affects animals

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

Acreage resident Gail Bass never expected what she saw from her window about five months ago.

The creature perched on her bird feeder looked like a squirrel, but it was covered in tumors.

“It was strange because I noticed the one and it kept getting worse,” Bass said.

Photo courtesy of Gail Bass

The tumors covering the squirrel varied in size, and the number of tumors increased over the next three months. Then, Bass said, the cold snap came and she hasn’t seen the squirrels since.

The Acreage, a pastoral community in western Palm Beach County, is the focus of a state investigation into whether or not a pediatric cancer cluster exists in the area.

Bass wonders if there is something making animals in The Acreage sick.

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Families seek federal assistance for cancer cluster

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

A map covered the wall of a guest bedroom on the first floor of Jennifer Dunsford’s house.

Although not updated since December, the map looked as though it had a horrible case of the chicken pox. Blue, red and yellow dots were scattered across the expanse, representing different types of cancer diagnosed in The Acreage, a rural community in western Palm Beach County.

“We are bombarded,” Dunsford said, adding the cause may come from an abundance of factors surrounding her neighborhood, also home to several Palm Beach Atlantic University students.
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Correction on article ‘Acreage seeks resolution in court’

In an article in today’s edition of the Beacon, an article describes how four families in The Acreage filed a lawsuit against defense contractor Pratt & Whitney.

On Friday, after the issue had gone to print, the lawsuit was dismissed by the plaintiffs. For more information, you can read the Palm Beach Post article here.

We will have continuing coverage of the investigation into the cancer cluster in The Acreage, including an in-depth look at possible causes in our next issue on March 22.

If you are a PBA student living in The Acreage, let us know. We’d like to hear what you have to say about the investigation.

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