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Water and ground contamination from at least one former industrial site in Franklin, IN combined with negligence by city leadership led to multiple cases of pediatric cancer in Johnson County, according to Franklin moms Stacie Davidson and Kari Rhinehart.

More than 58 children in Johnson County have been diagnosed with rare forms of blood and brain cancer over the last decade, and nearly half of them have been in Franklin, Indiana.

City leadership in Franklin, IN claims the source of contamination was isolated to a single industrial site, but Davidson and Rhinehart say there are more, and they have research to substantiate their claim.

Davidson and Rhinehart partnered together through the grassroots organization, “If It Was Your Child,” which works to bring attention to Johnson County’s rising pediatric cancer cases, identify the sources of contamination, and demand accountability from those who are responsible for the devasting impact on Johnson County families.

Rhinehart lost her daughter, Emma Grace Findley, to a rare brain tumor in 2014. A few months later, Stacie Davidson’s son, Zane, was diagnosed with Leukemia. 

Davidson and Rhinehart joined WIBC hosts Hammer and Nigel Tuesday to update listeners on the latest developments in the matter.