Cancer Rates are higher in Brevard County and this is who Fight for Zero has lost since 2018

Since creating our Facebook communities and formalizing our non-profit organization, we have met some incredible and unique souls who have impacted us personally and professionally. We want to take a minute to remember, acknowledge, and honor them and their fight, and remind ourselves that they are the reasons we are doing this work. Below are the names and pictures of those we lost in a short time.

Tiffany's Father

Tiffany grew up in Satellite Beach and is passionate about clean water. Many of her family members and friends have been affected by cancer, including her father, who she lost in 2019. He fought a courageous battle against Leukemia. She has taken the initiative in her life to advocate for protecting families from drinking water contamination through Multipure. She is making a difference in her community by educating people about water safety.


DeAnna grew up and worked in Satellite Beach and was diagnosed with triple-negative stage four breast cancer in January 2018. She passed on March 14, 2019. "She was a strong, amazing woman who never gave up her fight! She was only 33." - Gigi Gerhardt 


A Satellite High School 2004 graduate, Ashley Le Jeune passed March 29, 2019, at 32 after a courageous battle with cancer. Visit her obituary.


After 14 years of fighting a courageous battle against cancer, Romi passed on June 27, 2019, at 39. She graduated from Satellite High School. Her mom, Donna, writes, "She bravely fought through many surgeries, 3 rounds of chemo, and multiple hospitalizations, but her body could fight no longer, and our Lord took her. She is no longer in pain - an angel went home."


Kaela was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2018, attended Satellite High School, and passed away a few days after her 17th birthday. Kaela's parents were featured in an article in 2019 titled Toxic Firefighting Foam Has Contaminated Water at Hundreds of Military Bases Nationwide.


We will never forget and appreciate Brian's hard work in helping us find answers. He was a man who chose a life of selflessness and generosity. His contributions, such as the "Piper Trench Theory," mapping, FOIA requests, and getting involved with meetings, made a tremendous impact in helping the South Patricks Shores community get FUDS eligibility. He brought awareness to military toxic exposure after service in the military himself.


Living on the other side of Patrick Air Force base in Cocoa Beach and working in Cape Canaveral through the 90s, Frank was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Cancer and passed away on February 6, 2020. He left behind four kids at the age of 49.


Starting her journey against breast cancer in 2017, Whitney was a Satellite High School graduate who was a big part in bringing awareness to cancer cases among her schoolmates. She fearlessly shared her own cancer journey through a blog on CaringBridge. Her mom, Vickie, writes on Facebook, "My heart is broken, but I know she is in the arms of Jesus right now. She has no more pain! As you all know, she fought like a warrior, and her journey touched and changed lives for eternity." She leaves behind three little boys and her husband.

We are deeply saddened every time we lose someone in the community. For all those we may have missed, please comment below and share their story. Their journey and your voice matter!

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