Group Calls on Tonawanda Area Residents to Participate in Health Study

September 20, 2010 Updated Sep 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM EDT

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September 20, 2010 Updated Sep 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM EDT

Tonawanda, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - Last year, longtime Kenmore-Tonawanda area resident Donna Grunzweig was diagnosed with cancer.
"They said it was environmentally induced," Grunzweig said.
She's not alone.
"I have had cancer going on 3 years now," says Grand Island Resident Lovisa Anderson.
"I live right across the river from Tonawanda Coke."
Tonawanda Coke-- is a River Road plant that has been slapped with numerous violations and fines from state and federal environmental agencies.
Investigators claim the plant was polluting the air with high levels of benzene which can cause cancer.
But is the plant responsible for the high number of cancer cases and respiratory illnesses in this area?
Nobody knows the answer because there has never been solid evidence to back up that theory.
But members of a group called the Citizens United for Justice are determined to find out.
They are asking residents in Tonawanda and its surrounding communities- to participate in a confidential health survey-- hoping it will help lead them to determine what exactly is making people sick.
The New York State Department of Health is already conducting a health study-- but the results are not expected for at least 2 years.
This group hopes to get quicker results.
The group is releasing more specific details about their health study at a press conference on Tuesday in Tonawanda.
For more information-- click on the video-- or call: 873-5608