Procter & Gamble Issues Product Recall Due to Cancer-Causing Chemical, Cancer Survivor Pays for Another Family’s Christmas and More
Procter & Gamble has recalled 30 products over concerns about a cancer-causing chemical.
Procter & Gamble has voluntarily recalled several of its brands of dry conditioners and shampoos in the United States due to its discovery of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical.
Exposure to benzene – which is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a human carcinogen – can be through inhalation, oral or dermal exposure. Exposure can cause a person to develop leukemia and blood cancers of the bone marrow or life-threatening blood disorders.
The Procter & Gamble statement emphasized that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published cancer risk assessments and exposure models indicating how daily exposure to benzene at the levels detected in their products would not be considered sufficient to cause health effects, but that they the products have been recalled.
More than 30 aerosol products were recalled, including US-made products from Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essence and Waterless. It also included Old Spice and Hair Food’s previously discontinued dry shampoo products.
“To date, The Procter & Gamble Company has not received any reports of adverse events associated with this recall and is pursuing this recall with great caution,” the company said in its statement, which included a list of all recalled products. and their production code numbers.
A teenage cancer survivor has raised money to pay for another family’s Christmas presents.
Daphne Harrison, 19, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 14. After spending many vacations in the hospital, she understood how difficult and lonely the season is for some families.
During the Christmas season during her treatment, Harrison was added to the receiving end of the Badger Childhood Cancer Network’s Adopt A Family program, which raises money to pay for Christmas presents from a family dealing with cancer in a child. .
“At such a depressed, even depressing time in your life, it was something to look forward to,” she told NBC 15.
Now two years in remission, Harrison decided to pay it forward and help another family.
The teen matched up with another family in Wisconsin and raised $1,400 to spend on them. The family is that of Tucker Brugger, a 6 month old with cancer who was diagnosed at just six weeks old.
“It’s just so heartbreaking, especially for a baby like that,” Harrison said.
She said her goal was to make it a great Christmas for their family. Brugger’s father, Mark Brugger, wrote a thank-you letter to Harrison that read: ‘We can’t thank you enough for all the gifts you’ve given our family. Your generosity has shown us love and support at a time when we really needed it.”
A pediatric Christmas drive-thru gave surprise gifts to children with cancer.
A pediatric Christmas drive-thru event hosted by the Kern County Cancer Foundation in Bakersfield, Calif., provided some special surprises for children with cancer this week.
The event included a chance to meet Santa and receive gifts and $100 gift cards for themselves and their families. It was sponsored by Kern Family Healthcare.
“Having a child diagnosed with cancer (and) having to make multiple trips to the children’s hospitals for treatment has been tough on them, along with everything else going on in the world,” Michelle Avila, Kern County Cancer’s Executive Director Foundation, told KGET.com. “So we wanted to bring the Christmas celebration back for them to let them know that the community is behind them and that they are not alone in this.”
There were 20 families who received presents, some of whom said they wouldn’t have been able to give their children any presents at all if the event hadn’t happened.
Vanessa Juarez, a mother of five whose daughter, Jazzlinn, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 9 months old, said the foundation’s constant help is helping them meet Jazzlinn’s appointments.
“Personally, it means they care about them,” she said. “It means they care about the kids and the community.”
A breast cancer survivor built a Christmas light show to raise money for cancer research.
Dawn Fortis of Fishkill, New York created an intricate holiday light show this season to raise money for others with breast cancer.
Fortis and her husband, Joe, programmed the show to go along with Christmas music on a radio station and even provided visitors with a photo op with Santa, as well as holiday treats.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer at Fortis in 2014, she was able to endure treatment thanks to the support of her loved ones. But she couldn’t help but think of other people who don’t have that support.
“It made me stronger,” Fortis told Spectrum News 1. “It made me want to help women like me who had nothing or knew nothing.”
She founded the Brielle Grace Breast Cancer Foundation — named after her granddaughter — to help local women with breast cancer by funding research, grants, holistic healing, and other strategies.
Thanks to donations from the light curtain and throughout the year, Fortis expects to raise $30,000.
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