Cancer Survivors Fight for Environmental Justice
Our ambition is simple: to save future generations to come. Everyone on our team has a personal connection to illness and is a dedicated agent of empowerment with a deep investment in this mission. That's why Fight For Zero is funding research and holding ourselves accountable to real results that save lives.
Protecting Our Water and Lives
Fight For Zero is dedicated to the environment and defending everyone's right to a healthy community. Our grassroots team raises awareness of water quality issues, shares environmental health education, crowdsources medical diagnoses, and creates resources for communities throughout Florida. We build community engagement, educate, empower people, and deliver effective solutions to help future generations.
Our organization is the first to crowdsource and map medical diagnoses for those living in Florida. Through mapping and graphics, it gives communities a visual of the increased disease rate. This work has furthered our environmental health investigations and inspired positive changes for those exposed to dangerous chemicals. The data collected can also assist in pushing for state health assessments, implement Trevor's Law, and contribute to environmental health research.
Working with doctors, environmental consultants, hydrogeologists, environmental engineers, and other experts in the various fields, we collaborate with professionals to find answers and prevent further exposure to harmful contaminants. Volunteers have also helped collect surface water samples for countywide projects, have done independent testing on things like sand renourishment, and work with other organizations across the nation to combat pollution.
We have also traveled to Tallahassee to meet with the Governor's board to discuss projects and were invited to Washington DC with other organizations across the United States to attend educational workshops.
Fight For Zero members continue to take opportunities to advance their education through extension programs, seminars, and webinars. Our teams are passionate about making a difference and saving lives.
We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a home office in Brevard County, Florida. We know actions speak louder than words. That's why we continue to work towards keeping our community healthy and the environment clean from pollution.
Our unique approach to solving toxins in the environment is helping us change lives around the state. With your help and that of our many partners, we can make a difference.
Important Work Done by Fight For Zero
South Patrick Shores Investigation
Endless Hours of Community Service
School Drinking Water Project
At the beginning of 2018, Fight for Zero volunteers spent three weeks going door-to-door, investigating independent research using historical documents indicating that homes in the South Patrick Shores community might have been built on a landfill. After documenting military debris at several homes, we did mapping and began reaching out to residents to do metal detecting in their yards and see more debris.
It was the dedicated work of our volunteers that brought awareness to a decades-long issue, and we are thankful for your dedication in helping push for a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) investigation in South Patrick Shores.
We were not only honored as the story of the year and featured on the front cover of the December 2018 Florida Today issue, but we spent a substantial amount of time doing community outreach and bringing awareness to past and present cancer concerns.
We hosted a total of seven community town hall meetings that year, one with Erin Brockovich, regarding water quality and health concerns.
Fight For Zero also established an online community, an educational blog, a newsletter, nature walks to involve our youth, and continues to go door-to-door to educate families about environmental health issues.
We did an independent project that included submitting public record requests to 67 school districts and 42 colleges as a statewide project to see what schools in Florida were testing their drinking water. The project took six months to complete and brought awareness to the districts taking preventative steps to ensure children were drinking safe water.
Fight For Zero carefully organized the project using spreadsheets, creating a professional email specifically made for the requests, and connecting with a public records expert who helped us through obstacles.
Together We Can
Our common bond was illness and the discovery of harmful chemicals in our water. Our journey to saving lives began. We became advocates and stood at podiums, some for the very first time. We worked tirelessly to build relationships with both communities and experts, attended both local and regional meetings, and organized our own. We can make a difference, together, by addressing the environmental factors that increase the likelihood of exposure and disease. Our goal is to promote clean water, air, and soil because we believe that maintaining a healthy environment improves the quality of life.
Meet the Founder and Executive Director
Stel Bailey is the Chief Executive Director of Fight For Zero, Co' Facilitator of the National PFAS Contamination Coalition, certified in wildlife monitoring, and is a content administrator behind several online publications.
Bailey's life took a dramatic turn in 2013 when her father, brother, the family dog, uncle, and herself were diagnosed with cancer. Her family's case was so unique that a genetic counselor invited them to do genetic testing, which showed no mutation genes, indicating they did not have an increased risk of developing the disease. Determined to find answers, she began to crowdsource other cancer cases in her hometown on Florida's space coast. As she spoke out about her family's case, she connected with many others affected by diseases in unusual ways.
Through extensive research, Bailey learned that there were environmental issues in Brevard County, where she grew up. There was careless dumping of hazardous chemicals into the county's waterways and multiple cancer cluster investigations dating back to the 1970s. She learned that the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Patrick Air Force Base polluted the area, and in 1978 Brevard's drinking water was rated the worst in the United States.
As a cancer survivor and military dependant, Bailey is passionate about helping families and veterans prevent disease by sharing her insights about harmful toxins and their health effects. Her broad knowledge in coordinating community engagement projects has resulted in various opportunities, such as contributing to local publications and speaking at events sharing environmental health education. She has led additional efforts that focus on harmful contaminants, such as assisting in getting a state health assessment, collecting water samples for countywide projects, and partnerships that will help better understand the burdens of contamination and related chronic diseases.
Since 2014, she has worked on protecting military families and communities from these unnecessary exposures. Bailey is known for outstanding leadership, environmental health advocacy, organizational skills, and her powerful testimony of overcoming illness and losing her family members.
As a mom of two, she strives to transform her children's future by providing communities with knowledge and resources to take on these challenges.
We've responded to over 5,000 messages and phone calls
from concerned families in
the state of Florida
We've traveled more than 3,500 miles and spent more than 26,000 hours to help people in their communities
We personally invested more than $34,000 to testing, research, legal fees, experts, and community outreach
Fight for Zero has been awarded grant funding for several projects that include community outreach and testing.
Fight For Zero Contributors
Stel Bailey, President & Chief Executive Officer | Jeff Dubitsky, Executive Vice President | Josh Bailey, Brevard County Citizen Scientist Director | Cheryl Joza, West Coast Regional Director | Emerald Cromwell, Pinellas County Director | Abbey Rodmaker, Northwest Regional Director | Dan Spurlock, Director of Marketing & Graphic Design | Sam Bailey, Secretary to Chief Executive Officer | Hannah Foltezer, Secretary to Executive Vice President | Rhonda Hinds, Certified Accountant | Amanda Cooper, PhD Chief Program Officer | David Woodhouse, Professional Geologist | Dawn Harrell, Zero Waste Brevard & Dawn Harrell Art | Lawyer Nicholas Vidoni, Vidoni Law LLC | Test America, Environmental Testing Laboratory | Eurofins, Environmental Testing Laboratory | Tiffany Johnson, Environmental Entrepreneur & Multipure Affiliate | Erin Brockovich, Environmental Activist & Consultant | Bob Bowcock, Clean Water Expert
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