Jarrett responded well to therapy and now is an active 11-year-old… …free of cancer.
It is Jarretts mission to tell his story so that others can live healthier lives. - Jill McElheney
After traveling to Washington, DC, in 2002, Jill realized what she had already been doing on her own -- looking for causes of illness, and offering support to families in need, was what needed to be done. Starting MICAHs Mission was her next step. Photo from Athens Banner-Herald, 2002
Rooted in their Christian beliefs, MICAHs Mission is not meant to exclude those individuals or families that do not share their values. Jill says, [it is] to see the bigger picture, and leave our children a better future and environment.
Taking Action… Citing the need for rural families to know about the possibility of contamination, MICAHs Mission has met with Georgia legislators…
Helping families research the history of their property Make reduced cost water tests available Set up a remediation fund Some of the topics that MICAHs Mission has discussed with law-makers include:
In April 2004, MICAHs Mission joined forces with local government agencies, UGA, concerned citizens and other local coalitions to form the Northeast Georgia Childrens Environmental Health Coalition
Bringing it Home… Simple things you can do to reduce your exposure include: Use vinegar and lemon juice as natural cleaners Remove work clothes before entering the home and wash separately Remove your shoes at the door – to reduce the amount of contaminants brought into your home
References and Sources http://www.childrenscause.org/reso urces/fact_sheet.shtml Rural Roads, June 2004: Georgia Family Turns Sons Illness into Childrens Environmental Health Movement Unless otherwise noted, all photos were provided by MICAHs Mission or are public domain images.