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INTERACTIVE MAP: Add Fridley Cancer Cases You Know

Help create a map of incidents of cancer in Fridley.

Updated June 26, 2012. To add an incident, click the Add button in the top right corner of the map and fill out the fields that pop up. Please include the type of cancer and year contracted in the Description box. When you're done, click Submit.

A group of people concerned about a higher incidence of cancer in Fridley has formed a . A state scientist confirmed that cancer rates in the city are (later ).

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Leigh Landon March 29, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Ralph Fuechtmann is the Deaf resident of 4th St NE and 57th and his Deaf wife passed away in Feb 2010 due to breast cancer. They both have lived same house since 1970.
Terri Dauplaise March 29, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Marie - That's actually not true. TCE contaminated water is VERY harmful to the lungs. Anyone who has showered in Fridley water during the time it contained high-levels of TCE should be very concerned. I'm quoting numbers from an email from John Soler, epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health... "Lung cancer jumps out at +30% higher than expected and accounts for a considerable portion of the overall excess. This lung cancer elevation is true for males and females but is especially high in females (+48%)." Here is one site that details the dangers of TCE contaminated water -- see Lung cancer listed 4th... http://www.tftptf.com/52912/index.html
sandra herzberg March 29, 2012 at 01:36 PM
we too lived in the same area as mary (leMire) warne............jackson and mississippi st. just a block or so from hayes school. you probably went to school with some of us. our last name is/was schwantes.i graduated in 1963 but have 8 younger brothers and sisters. my parents and younger siblings continued to live in fridley until early 70's, part of time on mississippi st across the street from original house and part of time in mississipi and old central neighborhood.we too experienced the tornadoes of '65. my mother owned the holly house store in holly center, i do know some of the other people on here too and find it all very disturbing this is all very disturbing to me. wow is a word i would use too.
sandra herzberg March 29, 2012 at 01:39 PM
my father worked for fmc corp. and kurt manufacturing, also a sister and myself worked for kurt mfg. and another sister and nyself worked for the ordinance plant and of course spent lots of time at commons park...can this be a connection why 4 of us have developed cancer and two have died from it?
Steve Gallagher March 29, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I didn't know what TCE was so I looked it up... Now, it reminded me that there was a foundry? or aluminum something company that dumped into the Rice Creek just before it entered Locke Lake. On the south side of the creek. East side of the tracks.They might have used this de-greaser? I was a kid (1969) and I don't remember too much else. It looked nasty, though. I remember that.
Shirley Plys March 30, 2012 at 12:04 AM
My late husband lived on Concerto Curve in Fridley from 1970 to 1987. In 2006 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away in late 2009. How many are like my husband who lived there many years, moved away and have later become ill with cancer?
Linda (Reese) Jerkovich March 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Hi, My name is Linda (Reese) Jerkovich. We lived in Fridley from around June of 1960 till we married and moved to NE Mpls. in the summer of 1964. In our graduating class, four of my good friends and I developed cancers.. Two died of their disease and three of us have survived. All different cancers. I have heard of others, but don't know any facts I could share. Interesting three of us lived on Rice Creek Terrace.
Barb Reinarts Schuba April 03, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Hi, My name is Barbara (Reinarts) Schuba. I grew up in Columbia Heights on 45th and Jefferson, I'm a 12 year survivor of a very rare type of Ovarian Cancer. I first discovered the cancer when I was just 23 years old, and was finally given the correct diagnosis when I was 30. I know several people from Heights that has had cancer, it seems to me that Columbia Heights has a higher cancer rate than the norm as well. I think Columbia Heights should be included in the investigation. Who's with me?
Eileen Nelson April 04, 2012 at 11:21 PM
My children and I lived in Fridley for about 15 years. We lived a few blocks from Hays School on Overton Drive. My daughter developed Colon cancer and died of it in 2004 at the age of 37. I will be very interested in learning what they discover if anything and now I worry about my Son!
Eileen Nelson April 04, 2012 at 11:27 PM
An addition. My daughter, who went to Fridley schools, also had Thyroid Cancer 1994. Her name was Anne Ardito. I don't know if any of her classmates also have had or do have cancer in any form.
Terri Dauplaise April 05, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Eileen - I was in Anne's grade and lived a block over on Pandora. She was such a wonderful girl. She was one of the first friends I made when we moved to Fridley in 3rd grade. I loved growing up with her. It broke my heart when I heard she passed away. I'm so sorry for your loss. Yes, there have been other classmates of ours who have gotten cancer already and some have died -- on Pandora, Monroe, and Rice Creek. It is heartbreaking. - Terri (Jaksha) Dauplaise
Anonymous April 05, 2012 at 03:21 AM
For anyone in doubt you should educate yourself on the statistical probably of cancer cases per million. My sister died at 8. My cousin at 4. We were all covered with the chemicals from FMC in '65 when th tornados destroyed Fridley. Then check out the history of FMC and how they rated in the top 10 for the most toxic sites in America. There are hundreds of families that have severe health issues and deaths related to this. Lastly, the Fridley water was built on a toxic land fill until it was moved. These are all facts that are available. The rice creek neighborhood and the neighborhood by FMC were hit the hardest.
Vicky Paulson April 08, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I lived in Fridley from 1955 to 1964. We lived along the Mississippi River on 6526 East River Road and Mississippi St. As a group of kids growing up in Fridley we often played by the river and we would witness many things that were dumped in the river and buried on the lands. Back during those times there were many farmer's (use of chemicals/DDT on the land) and the use of insect fogger sprayed up and down the road ways every year. Our Uncle worked for a large company not far from us and he would bury or dump barrels of chemicals around Fridley. Some of these chemicals were disposed in dumps on farm lands. I can't tell you where he dumped the barrels because he died of cancer when he was in his twenties. The Service Stations back then would throw oil and chemicals in dumpster's that leaked daily and would run into the soil. This caused anger with neighbors due to the smell and soil erosion. Many neighbors back then had cancer. My best friend's Mother died at 34 yrs of cancer. My Mother died of cancer at 56 yrs. We all lived in Fridley. I suggest the time is not to fear and go into anger, You'll get more answers if you stand together as one with Erin. To anyone who has lost someone to cancer or has cancer, God Bless You. I hope this information will help in finding an answer. I loved growing up in Fridley.
Theresa and Glenn Jahn April 17, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I just found this site. This isn"t a "band Wagon" Mandy. My husband grew up in this area since about 1960. In the 80s their back yard neighbor got cancer and died. He was in his 40's. The neighbor kittty corner was in her 40"s and got cancer on the 90's and died. My husbands' mom got cancer of the mouth...and she never smoked....and then it went to her breasts and she died a couple years ago. My husbands dad now has cancer of the testicles. What is going on?!!! Theresa
Mary Jo Theis April 24, 2012 at 03:44 PM
My name is Mary Jo Henson Theis. I lived at 270 61st Ave. My mother died at age 43, my father at age 56 and my beloved brother last year at age 55. Through the years we lost 5 dogs to cancer as well as other pets. What is sad is all had full body cancer and a clean life style, Water was the beverage of choice. I look back at my years there and wonder how could this could have happened. I remember all the dead birds we would find and the 6 legged frogs. As a kid you think of this as a freak thing. When you are older it scares you for what happened to our air, land and water. My whole family died.and now the family home is foreclosed on and an innocent family is at risk. I watched people I loved die within months. The pain was unbearable. When I wiped a bloody tear from my brothers face and he asked why I had no words.
Mary Jo Theis April 24, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Don't forget Tyro Manufacturing,formally Dow Chemical and Lamar. My brother worked there from 1970 until it folded 6 or so years ago,
Monique Ramirez-Toetschinger May 09, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Monique Ramirez-Toetschinger I grew up in Fridley and I am a two time survivor of bone cancer in my right leg. It arrived the first time when I was 15 years old and in 10th grade. I had to quit school because in order to graduate I needed to be there for my senior year. I made it through the chemo and radiation, got my GED, went to college and lived a pretty heathy life until I was 35 years old. I had my second pregnancy then and the cancer returned in my leg. The tumor just came back alive. The second time was really bad but technology and team of great Dr.s at the U of M allowed me to keep my leg. Ironically, I started a transportation business in 1989 and one my clients worked for FMC. It is called something else now, but anyway I met him in probably 2005. This man told me he had worked for FMC for 15 years and the company provides bottled water for employees. There are no drinking fountains in the building that work. This confirmed what I have thought every since I watched the Erin Brokovich movie. I know the water somehow has been contaminated and the companies on East River Rd know it also. What will be, will be........but I am glad people are starting to pay attention finally. Whatever it will take to protect future generations from unnecessary suffering I would love to be a part of.
Shirley Pedersen June 17, 2012 at 08:01 PM
We have know this since living in Fridley, (40yrs) (brand new Home)... FMC is near by and buried toxic waste. We have 5 right in a row that died from cancer. In two blocks ... 9 cancers all dead except three. (they have been battling for 6 or 7 yrs.) In and out of hospitals. Another factor, we all have had leaks 7 for me and the plumber says they all know about Fridleys pipes. Something eats through them. All neighbors have the same problem. The plumber says if it eats through pipes .. what does it do to your insides. I have had bottled water the past 20 yrs. and had some sort of filter b-4 that.. Just store bought. Something is very WRONG.. the cancer and the pipes .. Not good. My husband had two cancers throat and Lung. DIed 10-20-10. 5 cancers right in a row on my block. Gustafson,Pedersen, Gerdeen and his MOM. and Donna Odlund.. in a row... good odds or what.??. and only one was older Joels MOM, who lived in Fridley also. Shirley Pedersen 763-571-8851. PS..... do not forget about the Pipes ask anyone on our block. My dad lived in Mpls. in a new home they bought and never had a pipe that had pin holes in it ever... lived their 40 yrs.
Shirley Pedersen June 17, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I forgot my brother died of cancer and his wife of brain cancer, he was 39 and she was around 47.. they lived on Marshall St. NE. Her sister died of cancer also of the colon.. I probably can think of more.... ones who moved away after retiring .. Just rememberd another guy that lived on Marshall Mr. Glomiak.. I sure their are so many more. Shirley.. my last post above. I am getting upset, so better close..S. Happy Fathers Day..
Laura Badtke June 23, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Where was this toxic landfill that the water supply was built on and where are you getting this information. I'd be interested to know.
Laura Badtke June 23, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Vicky, you didn't mention what company your uncle worked for. Do you remember?
Catherine Mayne Geslin June 27, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Hi my name is Cathy. I lived on 49th and Central Ave. in Columbia Heights from 1965-1982. When I was 44 years old I found out I had (Papallairy Tall Cell Thyroid Cancer) stage 4, this was in 2004. Then in 2009 found out to have differant kind of Cancer (Kidney Cancer). My family and I did go to a Church in Fridley every Sunday. And had friends we new in Fridley went to there houses alot. My Uncle worked at FMC in Fridley and died of Cancer!! So Barb I'm with you in the investigation in Columbia Heights!
todd June 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
My mother just recently died of lung cancer and resided on 61st and Washington...what alarms me is that she quit smoking 15 years ago...was this from smoking or living in fridley for so many years,least to say I would be curious to find out....I love fridley and I don't want to move but I have children and I will if all this is true...I don't want me or my loved ones no be next...
john Andrade June 28, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I know about FMC back in the day but i was gonna mention Cummins now back when it was Onans I worked there and was told one time to fill a fifty five gallon drum up with foam and in the middle was a turban remains and was told to top it off anyway bottom line was buried behind company where thy store semi trailers now but i know ecstatically where they are buried and its behind Medtronics wow i dont think it was good for the environment
Monica Lohry June 28, 2012 at 04:42 AM
We lived at 2nd St and then Brookview, right next to Rice Creek, went for 1000's of walks in Rice Creek park. We moved here in 1979 and my mom still lives here. She was diagnosed with colon cancer 15 years ago. It was the largest tumor the Dr. ever saw that hadn't spread to the liver. She is thankfully fine now. We both have had thyroid diagnosis and pretty much every friend I went to school with has 1 or more parent dead from cancer and only 1 of those smoked. My mom's colon cancer was not hereditary and she met none of the risk factors.
Julie (Pettipiece) Rumreich October 04, 2012 at 09:56 PM
We lived at 5530 6th St. , directly west of the 100 Twin Drive-in. Dad built home there in 1948 when i was 2 yrs old. My Dad, Jim Pettipiece, worked at the drive-in where they sprayed DDT 2x each night for mosquitos. My dad, non-smoker, passed away in 1991 from Small Cell Carcinoma, and Dr.s questioned if he'd ever lived in Arizona. No he hadn't, but we told Dr.s of all the DDT he and other workers were subjected to while spraying from trucks that drove up and down every row between the speakers.
Gary Moore May 01, 2013 at 11:41 PM
I was diagnoised with autoammune disease 5 years ago, im doing better, but do have difficult days, I lived on 6941 east River Road for 12 years, who do I talk too.
Zac Farber (Editor) May 02, 2013 at 03:15 AM
The Fridley Cancer Cluster Facebook group may be able to provide you with more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/237415153006099/ Erin Brockovich also has a web page addressing Fridley residents' cancer concerns: http://www.brockovich.com/projects/fridley-minnesota/
Steven Jay Grant May 16, 2013 at 05:18 AM
Gary, Hello! Your old nieghbor Steve, have you looked at the Fridley Cancer Cluster group yet!
glenn mcgregor May 22, 2013 at 01:58 AM
My dad has prostate cancer we lived on hickory dr in the 60s and early seventies. Glenn mcgregor is my name

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