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THEA calls on state to conduct in-depth studies on the health of residents living in Kashmere Gardens and the Fifth Ward
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THEA calls on state to conduct in-depth studies on the health of residents living in Kashmere Gardens and the Fifth Ward

The Texas Health and Environmental Alliance (THEA) held a press conference Thursday to call on the state to conduct in-depth studies on the health of residents living in Kashmere Gardens and the Fifth Ward.Ronald Harden, 59, grew up in the Fifth Ward, not far from the Union Pacific railyard. Earlier this month, Harden, like so many of his family members, was diagnosed with cancer.“My mother died out here from cancer,” Harden said. “She left here with one kidney. She died from leukemia. My brother’s lost both his kidneys. I’m on my way on October the third to have one of my kidneys removed from this cancer.”Harden has renal cancer. He said he believes living near the railyard contributed to the disease.“We played in that water when it flooded. You could see the rainbow floating in the wa...