Recent News

Lesley Pacey was interviewed August 7, 2017 for The Rising documentary by director Mark

Manning. Baldwin County has seen an increase in rare adult and childhood cancers since the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Lissa Chisolm and her daugher Tralynn, a Ewing sarcoma survivor,

were also interviewed.

The Rising will debut at film festivals this fall.  Learn more here. 


“The Cells of Baldwin County” is discussed in The Lancet Oncology Journal

Lesley Pacey is quoted in the story profiling cancer survivor Trevor Schaefer and his fight to identify cancer clusters.  Watch the video and and read the article on The Big Picture page.



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JOIN a national childhood cancer epidemiological research initiative founded in Florida by the Oliver Forever Strong Foundation and backed by leading cancer scientists and research centers who share our families’ mission to identify TheReasonsWhy pediatric cancer strikes us, and TheReasonsWhy it is increasing at such an alarming rate – up 35% since 1975. Visit to join and be counted. 


Lesley Pacey was interviewed recently on WKRG News 5.

Watch the video of the interview here:  “Could Environmental Factors Be Contributing To Cancer On The Eastern Shore? One Mother Is Looking For Answers.”

The Cells of Baldwin County:  Winner “Audience Best Short Film” at the 2016 Fairhope Film Festival!

Fairhope Film Festival Audience Award for Best Short Film

Lesley Pacey holds the award from the 2016 Fairhope Film Festival

We are very excited to announce that the Cells of Baldwin County was awarded the “Audience Best Short Film” at the  2016 Fairhope Film Festival.  You may read more about this film below and on our Facebook page.  Watch the award winning film here.

The documentary is also discussed in the Lagniappe Weekly.  Read the article here.

Please consider making a donation to this worthy film about childhood cancer in Baldwin County. I have spent nearly a decade trying to make sense of why so many children in my home county have been diagnosed with rare cancers. I have reached out to state health officials, environmental activists and university researchers for environmental studies. After my daughter Sarah, now 14, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004 at age 4, state health officials determined she was part of a childhood leukemia cluster on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. Today, I personally know about nearly 50 children in Baldwin County who recently have been diagnosed with various cancers. I believe Mindy Keeley’s documentary will raise awareness in a way I simply cannot do on my own. Thank you in advance for your support.
With deepest gratitude, Lesley
The Cells of Baldwin County
The Cells of Baldwin County

A documentary film about a childhood cancer cluster in Baldwin County, Alabama and the families who are trying to make sense of it…

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News Story:  Reality Check Cancer Cluster Study

Eastern Shore Community Health Partners (ESCHP) was formed in June 2008 in response to a preponderance of rare cancers and neurological diseases on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay in Baldwin County, Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Public Health in November 2008 concluded that Baldwin County experienced a childhood cancer cluster from 2000 through 2004, while reporting slightly elevated levels of leukemias, lymphomas, bladder, kidney and ovarian cancers in recent years.

Our own word-of-mouth database dating back to 1995 shows that the Eastern Shore of Baldwin County has been experiencing high rates of rare cancers, including brain and neurological cancers, leukemias and lymphomas. Our statistics show that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is, at the very least, five times higher on the Eastern Shore than the national average.

The mission of our nonprofit agency is to protect the health and welfare of Eastern Shore citizens through increasing knowledge and awareness of health issues including rare cancers and neurological diseases. By maintaining a database of these rare chronic diseases and working with scientists and researchers from universities, we aim to assess the full scope of chronic diseases on the Eastern Shore and conduct studies to uncover possible environmental causes.

We believe our best chance of success in this quest will come from privately funded studies.

Unfortunately, the Alabama Department of Public Health does not appear equipped to address the issue and protect our local residents. After our organization made state officials aware of the high rate of rare cancers in
the area, we were promised a full and complete investigation. Instead, the department interviewed only 56 of the 90 contacts provided by our organization and by residents who had contacted the department.