Investigation underway to find out what’s causing this mystery
Source: Kelen McBreen
A New Jersey man is leading the charge to unveil the truth about why around 100 former staff and students of Colonia High School have all come down with the exact same “rare” brain cancer called glioblastoma.
The individual fighting to expose what’s behind the “extremely” rare malignant brain tumors is 50-year-old Al Lupiano, who battled the cancer personally along with his wife and sister.
In February, his sister Angela DeCillis tragically passed from her cancer at the age of 44.
“I will not rest until I have answers,” he promised his sister on her deathbed. “I will uncover the truth.”
Lupiano was diagnosed at 29-years-old, but after his family members came down with the uncommon cancer he started reaching out to people in his area to ask some questions.
To his shock, Lupiano soon learned that dozens of people who attended or worked at Colonia High School in the 70s, 80s and 90s had all come down with cancer their doctors said were “super rare.”
One doctor described their patient’s cancer as something a person would get from “living next to a power plant contaminating drinking water,” and another MD said their patient’s tumor was similar to what was seen in an “agent orange” victim from the Vietnam war.
After Lupiano reached out to the mayor of the city where the school is located, investigations were called for.
“There could be a real problem here, and our residents deserve to know if there are any dangers,” Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac said in a statement. “We’re all concerned, and we all want to get to the bottom of this. This is definitely not normal.”
With investigations beginning this week, the story has picked up more attention, and a recent TikTok video posted by a California doctor has also helped spread the word.
“How odd is it that these brain cancers are occurring at this high school?” the doctor asked. “Well, in the natural population the instance of this brain tumor is only 3 in 100,000… However, in this high school, during a twenty-year period – from 1975-1995 – they found 84 people with this tumor.”
That’s over 330 times more than the rate found in the natural population!
Regarding what might be causing the rare cancers to be concentrated in such a small area and specific group of people, Lupiano said, “What I find alarming is there’s truly only one environmental link to primary brain tumors, and that’s ionizing radiation. It’s not contaminated water. It’s not air. It’s not something in soil. It’s not something done to us due to bad habits.”
One potential contributor is a nearby uranium plant which was used during the Manhattan Project to help develop and ship uranium ore for nuclear bombs.
Many locals fear the nuclear site, just eleven miles away, could have contaminated the soil at the school.
In fact, in 1997 the school made headlines after a teacher used a Geiger counter on a rock on campus and found it was heavily contaminated with radiation.