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6/23/06
S Moore
Davis, CA

Magnificent film. The perserverence of those kids through all that pain and the love of those parents and those doctors for those kids demonstrated the best in mankind.

6/23/06
Amanda Lopez
Merced, CA

Wow...Maybe it was by chance that my 1 year old daughter was playing with the remote and changed the channel I was watching and the first word when the picture changed was "leukemia." I was immediately hooked and even though the film was halfway through part 1 I watched the rest ofit. My son was diagnosed with ALL in December 2003 at the age of 2 1/2 years old. What a journey we've been through and continue to go through. This film was so real and really showed the raw side of what its like to really have cancer. I felt my self tearing up throughout the whole film because I just keep thinking "that's me" or understanding what the families are going through. We've had 11 hospital stays in the past 2 years and everytime my son is an admit to the hospital, I feel as though I step into another world. A world nobody but the families of children with cancer can even fathom. The outside world just stops and the only thing important is sitting by your child's bedside and being there for him and making sure they're comfortable. It never gets easier, only familiar. These kids are so brave and I was sad to read about the ones in the film that didn't make it. My heart hurts for their families and I can only hope that I won't have to go through it. Thank you so much for making this film and I hope PBS decides to air it again so I can catch the first part of part I.

6/23/06
Rocklin, Ca

I was deeply moved by the show Lion in the house. These five children and their families were amazing. The medical staff was also very caring and inpressive. I felt like I knew each child, especailly Tim. All these kids were so very beautiful in their own way. Thank you for this show it really puts things in proper perspcetive with life.

6/23/06
Jessica H.
Shreveport, Louisiana

This piece genuinely touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I watched both parts, rooting so hard for all five of the kids in their fight against cancer, and I was incredibly sadden to see three of them passed away.
I was also moved by how hard the families each fought, inspite of the odds, to keep their children alive.
This documentary was truly worth the watching . . .

6/23/06
Bill Sowers
Topeka, Kansas

I became Alex's "cheerleader" from Kansas last night during Part 1 but could feel the cold reality of her condition slowly settling over me as the show progressed.

Tonight I cried as they sang the same song at Alex's funeral we played at our daughter's funeral six years ago.

Her name was Rachel. She was diagnosed a month after her seventh birthday with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and went through nine months of treatment at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City... chemos and a bone marrow transplant. She contracted pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in April, 2000, and died in May of that year.

Rachel was a positive force like Alex. She never gave up until that last night when she pressed against us in her bed in the ICU... and we let her go.

Thank you for producig this series. People need to know. They need to understand. Childhood cancers are still out there and still killing the Alex's and Rachel's of this world. Medical research needs to progress in providing more permanent cures and treatments that aren't so terribly invasive.

Rachel touched so many lives during her short stay here and her courage, humor and steely determination continue to touch us... those who loved/love her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Alex's family, the families who were on this series, to all the families who have lost children to this terrible disease... and to all the children/families who continue to fight it.

Bill and Diana Sowers
Rachel's Dad and Mom

6/23/06
Phyllis Larimore
Oakland, CA

This was a beautiful film. I work with elders who are facing life threatening issues, and with their families, and I always find it both moving and tragic to see life coming to an end. It was so wonderful to have this show tracking this experience in such simple, relatively unobtrusive, and honest ways, and in doing so, helping us all see what it is truely like to experience life where it meets and struggles with death. And when you see this with children as the warriors, the truth of it all comes out in an intensity that is unmatched by what happens at the other end of life's course, somehow. The ending of life, and the battles to prevent this, is about silences, about thoughts that are heart-wrenching and lonely, it is about putting up with things you don't want (or hate) in order for a better ending, and the decision making processes individuals, families, and health-care providers go through when dealing with the difficult choices that come when lives are ending nevertheless. Congratulations on having brought this wonderful piece to us.

6/23/06
Janice
San Diego, CA

Thank you for bringing this story to light. I was so moved by Tim and his hopes and and dreams. Watching all those children and their families showed me what true courage really is and makes me want to find a way to reach out and help.

6/23/06
Erin Waterman
Langley, WA

A Lion In The House, and the Dinesen quote from which the title came was such a powerfully resonating experience, it has left me speechless all day after watching Part I. I do not have TV at home and have asked someone to tape Part II for me. I am a single mother of a 5-year-old who is 6 months away from completing two years of treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The wonderful nonprofit Candlelighter's organization in support of families dealing with childhood cancer broadcast mailings about this ground-breaking documentary far in advance. The experience my daughter and I had of living communally for 9 months at the Ronald McDonald House in order to be near our local Children's Hospital for her treatment has, much like this film, revolutionized how I view human strength, compassion, LOVE, and spirit. I would like to devote the remainder of my life's energy to assisting families walking a similar path, and although I have not found a way to do that while supporting my daughter, I commend the filmmakers for the incredible feat they accomplished with this film, and the strength shown in their own family legacy. Julia, my healing thoughts are with you.

I am planning to walk my first full marathon (26.2 miles) for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this fall and will be taking names of survivors and those who survive in memory every step of the way. Ironically, this Seattle marathon is scheduled two years to the day I spent the first night in the ER with my then 3-year-old girl and never returned home.

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6/23/06
Norm Farrell
Vancouver Canada

A Lion in the House is a tour de force. Filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert, the medical personnel and the participating families have done an immense service. This program aids understanding not only of childhood cancer but of courage, devotion and responsibility.

6/23/06
JEFF KIUCHI
Aliso Viejo, CA

Dear Indepedent Lens,

I saw your program aired this week. I was incredibly moved by the piece. Although I was deeply saddend with the passing of young children, I was inspired by the strength, will and love portrayed by the families and the medical staff. The human spirit is truly remarkable.

Thank you for producing such a moving documentary. I believe this should be recommended watching for all. Please keep up with the wonderful work. Thank you.

6/23/06
Robert Butler
Long Beach, CA

This film totally gives me hope that there are people in the world still trying to make a differnce in love and respect. Watching these childern get well and then relapse, not living thier dreams, but having dreams and the parents, who want the best and often are given nothing but the worst of times. The best gift I can give to those in this film is my love through prayer and tell them that as long as they may live and remember, the family will be as strong as it can be. Always remember and keep your childern alive by living.

6/23/06
Bethany
Huntsville, AL

My 14-year-old cousin, Michael, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in March of 2005. He died the morning after his 15th birthday, just 5 months after being diagnosed with DSRCT. During his illness his strength inspired so many people. He once told his father that he was glad he was dying this way, rather than suddenly in a car accident or something, because it gave him more time with the family and friends that he loved so much. His last words were, "Fly, I can fly," which gives all of us he left behind hope that there is something better waiting for us. This program was heartwrenching to watch, but it should be used to inspire us and remind us that we have to live each day to the fullest and let the ones we love know what they mean to us, every day. It should also steel us for the battle we must never give up, to find cures to beat these cancers. We have to keep trying and hoping for Michael, Justin, Alex, Tim and all of the other patints and familys that are battling this terrible disease.

6/23/06
Los Angeles, CA

The film is unrelenting, much like the disease it portrays.I could not help but think of how difficult it must have been for the filmmakers to do their jobs-- to make their art--while witnessing such pain. The ultimate irony, I suppose, is that their ability to keep their emotional distance enabled them to bring to us a profoundly affecting experience.

6/23/06
Sarah
Palo Alto, CA

I just want to say thank you for this beautiful film. I just finished watching part II and am overwhelmed with emotions. If nothing else, this film reminds me to be thankful for the one's I love and to show them my love every day.

6/23/06
Reita L Lawrence MD
New Orleans, LA

wow. this is a beautiful film. in my ten years as a practicing pediatrician, i have learned that children with life threatening llnesses are some of the bravest creatures on the earth. equally brave are their parents. this film shows not just the courage, but the actual process of confronting fear and walking through it. this film clearly demonstrates how adults are transformed into something greater when they love a child.

i have seen all 4 hours of the film now. the most poignant moment for me was watching timothy get his feeding tube. something changed in him and it reflected in the expression on his face after he was cleaned and left alone. it was as if he had made the decision to fight with everything he had. i whispered to the television as if i could actually speak to him, "you have so much dignity. you have so much dignity."

thank you for making this film. though it focuses on childhood cancer the take home message is the same for children and families dealing with cf, crohn's, liver failure, severe immune deficiencies, serious heart lesions, and cerebral palsy. it isn't the disease that is the lion in the house. it is the child who fights with ferocious courage and survives or dies with dignity. it is the parents who fiercely protect their child and become more than humanly strong when their child is threatened. the lion is courage and dignity and love.

thank you for the gift of sharing a small part of these families lives. wow.

6/23/06
Robert Jenkins
Xenia , OH

I have seen alot of children fight cancer and many other illness's , I have helped a few kids do thing's they would even try without giving them alittle something to look forward to I paint ceramics more then anything now , I helped alot of kids learn to grow gardens, paint, draw, learn to go fishing and how to cope with their illness's . I have been sick all my life in and out of hospitals , I am getting close to the end now from complications but am still encouraging others to fight.
Lion in the house brought something back to me that I put in the back of my mind remembering some of me friends and family with cancer and other illness's , I have been called heartless because I am like some of the doctor's I have to hide my feelings to help others . I tell the doctors treating me now to just tell me how bad it is and how many more meds I have to add to my list , my nick name is the nightmare patient to some of my docs because I have so many afflictions now and am only 37 I like to joke with them about being the nitemare though .
I would not be here if it weren't for children that know what i'm going through .

6/23/06
Mary Ellen Hale
Mountain Home, ID

Thank you deeply, families in this documentary. Your courage and love for your children inspires me to be brave and loving! Your children are the greatest gifts that God could give you, and I thank you for sharing this unimaginably difficult time in their lives with me. For those whose children are now in Heaven, I pray the Lord will heal your broken hearts in the perfect ways that only He can. God bless you all for your willingness to participate in the making of this beautiful film, and thank you, filmmakers, for producing such a loving tribute to these children.

6/23/06

I am still crying, and episode 2 has been over for 2 hours.
My husband and I started watching the series out of curiosity. By the end of episode 1, waiting until the next episode seemed like we were vicariously living through these families, agonizing over what we would discover in the next 24 hours.
Not yet having children of our own, it made us ponder what we would do in the situation of these parents. We could relate to all the families in one way or the other. In Justin's case, we saw how it could be hard to let go when he had been fighting the battle for almost half his life and had bounced back so many times before. Tim's mom carrying the burden of being the matriarch of her family and having so much to worry about crushed us. Our hearts broke for her, not being able to really focus on the severity of her son's condition. And Alex, which hit us hardest... regardless of their regrets, Alex didn't lose her hair again like she requested. She really deserved the award of "cutest personality" at cancer camp and when we heard "Angel" played at her funeral, my husband and I cried for Alex and her family like we had gone through the process with them from day one.
This series was so profound. I will never be able to hear the word cancer and not think of these families. Thank you so much for sharing your stories and your lives.

6/23/06
Sharon Stevens
Bogalusa, Louisiana

I just finished watching the show. I couldnt wait for part 2 even though I knew it would be hard. These families are so remarkable. The kids are so strong and brave. I wish I could tell them all thank you for letting us see what they go through. I think the doctors and nurses are incredible. It must be so hard but so joyful to work with these kids. In this world money doesnt shield anyone from cancer. Rich, poor, whatever you can be touched. I pray God will allow a cure for all cancers. We all need to ask for stem cell research to be done. The people who filmed this show, you were amazing. To follow these people for so long. God bless you.

6/23/06
JS
Orlando, FL

I came upon this moving program tonite as the brave and handsome teen, Justin, lost his battle with leukemia. It broke my heart to witness the immediate aftermath of this charming young man's passing.

I was touched to see the story of the wonderful Tim, the other brave teen who so deserved and wanted to live, but also didn't make it. The scene in which his relative sang to him as he struggled to breathe was especially powerful. Her beautiful voice not only comforted Tim, but was a testament to the family's deep faith and a beacon of hope to others.

Why should anyone, especially a child, be saddled with this scary and often deadly disease? It is a horrendous one, and how I wish it could be eliminated forever (perhaps it soon will be.)

My deepest sympathies to Justin's and Tim's families. Blessings on the beautiful souls of these courageous teenage boys, now in Heaven and completely relieved of their pain.

I, as an adult, was struck with non-Hodgkins lymphoma almost three years ago. I'm grateful for my excellent doctors (oncologist and radiologist) who continue to help me survive. They are my "life line."

"God bless the beasts and the children."

6/23/06
Pat Proud
Cincinnati, Ohio

I really connected with all of the parents during the 4 hrs that I was glued to the TV. You see, I also lost my 19yr old son at Childrens Hospital in 2000 of AML. The inner strength that we all posess when it comes to being our childrens advocate is something that we don't know exists until the challenge presents itself. I was an oncology nurse for 7 yrs and thought that I was able to be a good advocate for him during his treatments. Knowing what to look for, how to care for him at home during the treatments etc.
Seeing the same rooms that my Sean occupied in ICU, the same room that Josh passed away in, brought back all of those moments again. The staff worked so very hard to keep my son comfortable. I could relate to so many events that occured in the families, whose children were stricken with cancer.
I, too, needed to smell my sons clothing, just like Josh's mother did, it being life giving for her as well.
My prayers go out to any family whose children are diagnosed with cancer. God Bless.

6/23/06
Forest Park, IL

I am overwhelmed with sadness. I just saw the conclusion, and I cannot get Tim's dark eyes out of my head. From the times he tried to be positive, until he was taking his last breaths...those eyes are still with me.

Cancer is not a disease that is easy for anyone. I have had family members go through treatment, and some have died. Kids having to go through such a horrible ordeal, it truly breaks my heart.

6/23/06
Colleen Hall
Richmond, VA

Wow! What a powerful film! I was moved to tears two nights straight but more importantly, I hope to transform those feelings of empathy and compassion into actions to help. I am a mural artist and I feel blessed to have done a lot of work for Pediatric medical facilities including a whole hospital floor. My small exposure to the world of childhood cancer came from my work in a hematology/oncology treatment center, bone marrow transplant unit and a special palliative care room. As many others have said, these children, their families, and the tenatious doctors, nurses and caregivers are true heroes and angels among us. Their courage gives us all inspiration and a good reminder that all the "problems" we get upset about are nothing compared to what these families endure everyday.

Part Two was hard to watch. I was wishing for a Hollywood ending for all of the children. I won't write about all of the children because I'll be an emotional mess again. But I have to mention a few things regarding Tim. He seemed to have incredible wisdom for his age when he talked about how all people should be equal! I ached for his troubles in keeping and developing friendships. I appreciated his yearning to just get out of town and travel and "go somewhere." I was moved by his story about seeing the beautiful sunset over the Grand Canyon. I wished for him as for all the children to live their dreams.

For me, one of the most uplifting parts of the program was Tim's trip with his nurse and her husband to the amusement park. His smile on the rollercoaster was worth a million bucks. How wonderful they were for opening their arms and hearts to this young man! Tim's death and the effect it had on the staff is a testament to him and to the incredibly caring people who work with these children. It is uplifting to see the strength, dedication and compassion of all those involved.

As for the film makers, you all did an incredible thing. Your dedication and incredible story telling will hopefully move many, including myself to do something to help.

Thank you to everyone involved, especially the lion-hearted families for sharing your family's stories with all of us.

My paintings can't take the pain or suffering away, but as Alex's beautiful artwork shows, art is powerful in many other ways! I always hope my art transports the children visually to another place, somewhere beautiful and serene, even if just for a little while. I hope to continue to find other ways to help in this fight against childhood cancer.

6/23/06
Valerie
Fairfax, VA

Wow...what an emotional roller coaster ride "A Lion in the House" was! We just celebrated my 8 year old daughter Alex's 1 year off-treatment for A.L.L.. This show hit so close to home with the leukemia and especially the little girl named Alex! The memories of the pain and exhaustion of treatment all came flooding back. When Alex was crying and saying "Daddy said no more Owwies!" I lost it. How heart-wrenching to see children suffer with these terrible diseases. This is why I continue to be involved in such fund-raisers as the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night. I offered to volunteer at our local hospital as 'Parent to Parent support' to parents of newly diagnosed kids. People ask me why I still do that...why I can't "let it go", "move on", why do I want to "wallow in it"...even my husband was downright angry and appalled that I chose to watch this program and revisit my pain along with these 5 families.
How can I explain it? Childhood cancer is so horrible, so scary, so life-changing, that it will never be "over" for me. Yes, I am sooooo grateful that my daugher is in remission; yet so scared for her future and any late effects of chemo. I will never be able to breathe easy and "get over it". Some regard this as a negative view, but I am confident that my vigilence for my daughter, my empathy for others travelling this same road and my contributions in helping find a cure for cancer, are worth it.
Thanks so much for making this very touching, gut-wrenching, necessary film. My heart goes out to all that have "been there".

6/23/06
Nancy Gordon
Schaumburg, IL

On one level it was difficult to watch this film. My 33 year old daughter was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer last fall. One thing I've learned this year is that you never stop being a parent--and it's difficult to watch your child battle this disease and suffer because of it. The irony is that she herself was in an oncology fellowship when she was diagnosed. She and her husband have good insurance and some financial resources. She and we have been very aware that she's had access to a level of medical care that most do not. We are grateful for that, but how anyone without decent insurance could ever fight this disease with its enormous costs points emphatically for the need for health care coverage for all. Thank you for showing the difficulty of the choices that have to be made when confronting cancer and in many ways how much is still unknown in spite of all the research that's been done. And thank you for showing the time warp that patients and their families experience while undergoin treatment.

6/23/06
mike
cincinnati ohio

Well 2 hours later after part 2 I am still numb. After part 1 last night I was haunted all day by Alex's words of "Daddy said there would be no more ouchies". I have three year old daughter and I can not even begin to comprehend the pain and anguish these parents have gone through. I hear her words over and over again in my head and asking for a drink of ice water after burning with fever and her mother having to tell her no before her surgical procedure.

Alex's parents, my heart and prayers go out to you and I am sure she is looking down from heaven with that beautiful smile of hers trying to comfort you.

Tim you were an amazing child, and I hope your family can move on and come closer together to help your mother through her grief.

Thank you to all the families for sharing your touching stories. May God's light and comfort shine down upon you.

I have been involved on a limited basis with the Cincinnati Leukemia Lymphoma society since a friend of mine was diagnosed, you have given me the reason I need to become more involved.

I ask all of you to pray for my friend who is on his second day of the bone marrow transplant drip.

6/23/06
Helen Wallace
Fort Worth, Texas

First off let me say that the program was spell binding, thought provoking and heart wrenching all at the same time! My prayers go out to each child, parents, Dr's Nurses and other loved ones affected by this terrible and unfair disease. LIFE IS SO PRECIOUS and each child in this program taught us all that. We must mourn those who are no longer with us, and celeberate their memory each day. It is the very least we can do for these brave souls. My prayers are with their parents for I too know a little bit of what each of you went through. My oldest son Kirby was 8 years old when he wrote a paper in school that he wanted to become a Dr. in order to find the cure for cancer. Two weeks later out of the blue, he was diangosed with Burkitts Lymphoma. Our world as we knew it was turned upside down and then the fight began. God was always by our side and Kirby told me that no matter what happened to him, he'd always be with his Dad and I. After an ardeous treatment plan Kirby was allowed to have his healing here in this world. Today he is over 5'11", just graduated from High School getting ready for college and yes, he still hopes to become a Dr./Minister because as he informed me, they do go hand in hand. Kirby comforts others, adults or children who have been diagnosed with cancer and says he owes everything he has to God. Watching this program brought it all back what took place ten years ago. My husband refused to watch it, he said he just couldn't see the little children, and Justin go through the pain and hurt along with their loved ones. But I watched...and remembered...and suddenly was jolted back into reality, that I absoutely have no problems in this world. Thank you to the children, the parents who loved their little ones so much, they went above and beyond, and to the Dr's, Nurses and film makers. May you all be richly blessed.

In Christ and with Deepest Respect.

6/23/06
Stephanie
Chicago, IL

Like so many have said in this forum, I was very touched by this film. What courage. I sat in quiet awe as I watched every second of the film...and then all I could do at the end was to go and kiss my three sleeping kids. What a precious and fragile gift life is. Thank you to the families willing to share in the making of this film. Your children's lives have inspired countless others in immeasurable ways! I will never forget their stories.

6/23/06
Val
Boulder, CO

I have not had a personal experience with cancer but I am a mother of a toddler and my greatest fear was a reality to these brave families. I have not cried this hard in a very long time, to see these children suffer through a horrible disease, to see their families deal with the loss of these precious children was almost too much for me to handle. To see them laugh and smile in one shot only to suffer in the next was heart-wrenching. I believe that we are afforded these opportunities to witness these families lives so that we can do all we can to make a difference. I can't walk away from this without asking "what can I do?"

6/23/06
Julie
Cincinnati, Ohio

I think this was the best documentary I have ever seen. I work in the medical field here in Cincinnati and watching this was by far the best teaching experience I have ever had. The families and the children were unbelievable. My heart went out to those parents. I know what it is like to loose a child, and your life does go on, but it never goes back to the way it was. God bless to all those doctors and nurses who give the care everyday, you are very special people. God bless the families.

6/23/06
Valerie Sloan

We were glued to the t.v. both nights amd were moved to tears by the stories and the people. Thank you, families for letting us in, and for your courage, honesty, and generosity in allowing yourselves to be filmed. Thank you film-makers for this wonderful piece. Your hard work paid off.

6/23/06
Kamal Pandya
Ottawa, Canada

As my country moves away from our National Health Care System toward the American model of private health care, I can't help but shudder as I watch the struggle of the Woods family to care for Timothy. I also noticed that young Al didn't receive any additional assistance in school for his post-treatment cognitive impairment. It is such a crime that in addition to the emotional and spiritual anguish these families must endure as their child battles for life, that paying for medical care must be an additional struggle. Timothy Woods touched me, deeply. His wry sense of humour and his intelligent, sensitive nature will live forever in the hearts of our family who wish we could have known this remarkable young man and his lovely mother, Marietha. I will never forget the lessons of Timothy's life. Thank you so much to him and his family for openning their lives to us. There are no words to thank each family for the gifts they've given us through this film. None of these children will ever be forgotten.

6/23/06
Toledo, Ohio

As a Hospice worker I was sad that Hospice was only brought up a few times when no more treatment was possible for these children. End of life care does not mean giving up. There is so much more to end of life issues that I felt more could have been done for end of life care for this children and families.

6/23/06
Frank Rowland
Newfield, NY

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
What a learning experience. I was overwhelmed by the courage of the families, their children, the professional and caring hospital staff and the filmmakers that brought it all together.

6/23/06
Agnes Reynolds
Wethersfield, CT

I was brought to tears as I watched parts of "A Lion in the House". I could not watch continuously. Having a child who survived acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age 4 (he is now 14 and 10 years in continuous remission),and know parents who have lost their beloved children, I cannot be silent about this topic. I am reminded at how blessed we really are. As an RN in Women's Health at Hartford Hospital, I also realize that our mothers, sisters and grandmothers (and our fathers and grandfathers) are also succumbing to this disease and it is really preventable. Yes, our habits are contributory, but our "real" environment is more so and we seem to have less control of it. Screening tools for cancer spend massive amounts of money and pad the industry while touting success, but cleaning up the environment will surely cost less. (but at the expense of polluters).
I too am angry. Children should not die of cancer and I am appalled at the American Cancer Society and other organizations who ignore true prevention, which entails cleaning up our children's environment. Their "token" gesture on their website addressing the "environment" is pathetic. The American Cancer Society is is the richest charity in the world, yet little money goes toward real prevention and/or precautionary principle. Our lax regulations (or lack of enforcement) esp. in this present administration is inexcuseable.
I have been in contact with many community scientists, epidemiologists and academia who feel very strongly that cleaning up our environment is the course of action of the future and will impact our cancer statistics immensely. There are safe alternatives, and "green" chemistry pollution control technology that are here and now, in the present day. But the bottom line is money....profits are more important than people and apparently our children. The causes of childhood cancer were not even discussed in this film and although it may not have been the appropriate venue, I am hopeful that the next documentary will involve the precautionary principle esp. with regard to the fact that our children deserve clean air, water and food. The fact that radioisotopes like Strontium 90 are in our children's baby teeth and are the product of nuclear emissions is but one insult, yet we seek to build more nuclear reactors without a plan for the waste and the health impact of such fission products are dismissed by this powerful industry. We are exposed in many products by low level radioactive substances, a proven cause of cancer, and it is only being accepted in the present day, that this has a real effect on our health (BEIR 7). Benzene plumes in our homes due to leaking pipelines are ignored as well as the quest for green lawns and blatant pesticide abuse. Electromagnetic radiation science is controlled by the telecommunications industry. Health effects cannot even be brought to the table for the siting councils but property values can. Where is our priorities? Thousands of chemicals are untested and unregulated and not much is known about their synergy.
I am hopeful that more awareness and more funds will be dedicated to REAL prevention. Our children deserve none the less. Let the "NEXT" documentary document the REAL problem. I challenge them to do so....at their own risk.

6/23/06
Rhoda Pelliccia
Acra, New York

I watched part I and just finished watching part 2. As I am typing this I am still crying. It was so hard to watch these beautiful children suffer so. Especially Tim with the most beautiful smile and beautiful smiling eyes. He tried so hard to get better.

In 1986 my co-worker lost his son to cancer. Since then I have given every month to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital for Cancer to fight this dreadful monster of a disease.

Every night I pray that this disease will be wiped out. No child should suffer. All children should know only laughter and happiness in their precious lives.

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