Robert O'Dowd: Marine with Prostate Cancer in Pain!
Called 9/11for help. An El Toro Marine with prostrate cancer, was left om his own, to drive home, after telling a cancer treatment doctor of severe abdominal pains. Cancer is not something that anyone would volunteer for, or for that matter, wish on another human being. The cliche 'avoid like the plague comes immediately to mind. Images of bone thin humans, wasting away in a hospice bed, flood the mind. Images of bone thing humans, wasting away in a hospice bed, flood the mind. Unable to eat from the effects of chemotherapy, awaiting death's call, sedated with drugs to kill the pain, all hope of recovery gone. For me, cancer is not a vicarious experience. I had bladder cancer in 2005, no history of bladder cancer in my family, and I don't smoke, despite getting cigarettes in Vietnam. Robert Dowd was not so lucky. He has been through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. He is an El Toro Marine veteran who worked and slept in a Radium 226 contaminated hangar, in the most environmentally contaminated 200 acres at El Toro, once the premier Marine Corps' jet fighter base, and now an EPA Superfund site. It's not a shock that he developed cancers, small vessel disease of the brain, 'hyperprolactinemia', sterility at age 44 from prostrate surgery, and other medical conditions, linked to exposure to radiation and organic solvents used in the hangar and in the base's water supply. Tim King, founder of Salem News.com, and a former El Toro Marine, and I co-authored the story of environmental contamination at El Toro and Camp Lejeune in Betrayal: Toxic Exposure of US Marines, Murder and Government Cover up. Betrayal: Toxic Exposure of US Marines, Murder and Government Cover up, was published as an eBook on Amazon's Kindle (580 pages) in 2013, tells the story of the thousands of veterans and their families, once stationed at El Toro and Camp Lejeune, NC. Legislation to provide health care for Camp Lejeune, NC. Legislation to provide health care for Camp Lejeune veterans and their dependents, was passed in the 112th Congress. No veteran compensation was included in the Janey Ensminger Act. None of the veterans that served aboard these two installations were notified of their exposure to deadly contaminants, when it was discovered these two installations were notified of their exposure to deadly contaminants resulting in both cases earning EPA Superfund Cleanup Site status. Many veterans have died without connecting the dots, between their killing diseases and military service.