Clyde parents take cancer fight to Washington

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Clyde parents take cancer fight to Washington

Plain Dealer – Wendy and Warren Brown had a single promise in their hearts as they made another pilgrimage into the halls of Washington, D.C., last month.

“Mine is a promise I made to Alexa on her death bed,” Warren said, back at home last week. “That her death would not be in vain.”

The grieved Clyde parents lost their 11-year-old daughter to brain cancer in August 2009.

Since then, they’ve turned their attention to championing for childhood cancer research and awareness.

Parents in the Clyde area still have no answers about what caused almost 40 children in the community to develop cancer.

But movement on the federal level might soon push forward better medications for childhood cancers and create federal response teams to investigate potential disease clusters, the Browns said.

Much of the progress involves U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who took a special interest in childhood cancer and disease clusters after visiting Wendy and Warren at their home just days after Alexa died.

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