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27 December 2014

Florida: City Warns of Cell Phone Link to Cancer

Watch this video testimony of Jimmy Gonzalez who had tumors removed in his brain above his left ear, his left hand, and near his hip. All places where he said his phone was pressed for long periods of time. He died on 27 November 2014 at the age of 42.

City warns of cell phone link to cancer
by Janine Stanwood, Reporter, local10.com, 26 November 2012

Pembroke Pines passes resolution to warn residents of health dangers

The city of Pembroke Pines wants its residents to know that cell phones could be dangerous and linked to cancer. A newly-passed resolution was inspired by a resident who believes his brain tumor was caused by his mobile device.

"A lot of scientific data has to be done with it and the ordinance is kind of generic but it makes people aware," said Pines mayor Frank Ortis.

Pines resident Jimmy Gonzalez had tumors removed in his brain above his left ear, his left hand, and near his hip. All places where he said his phone was pressed for long periods of time.

"I kept getting headaches," Gonzalez said. "One day I realized I hold my cell phone with the same hand, up against this ear and when I was done, I would put it in to these pockets."

Gonzalez spoke before the Pines City commission last month to encourage them to consider the resolution, which passed unanimously.

Unlike an ordinance, the resolution does not impose rules nor issues fines for non-compliance.

Part of the resolution encourages people to send texts or emails if possible, and asks people to keep phones at least an inch from their body.

"I think that could be good," said one Pines resident Monday night.

But the idea of a city asking residents to behave a certain way did not sit well with everyone.

"I think that's crossing the line," said resident Shelly Grocher.

Ortis said the city can't legislate human behavior, but encourages everyone to be informed.

In May, the World Health Organization reported that there could be a risk of cancer due to cell phone use.

"We worry about all aspects of life in our great city," Ortis said.

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On Thursday, November 27, 2014, Jimmy Gonzalez, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, passed away surrounded by his wife, Danielle Gonzalez and his daughters, Sofia and Victoria Gonzalez, following a long battle against brain cancer. He was 42 years old. Jimmy was born on February 20, 1972, in Gary, Indiana, to Eduardo and Crispina Gonzalez, hard-working Cuban immigrants. Shortly thereafter, he moved with his family to Hialeah, Florida, where he was raised. He graduated from Miami Springs Senior High School in 1990. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, in which he proudly served for 4 years, spending most of his enlistment stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After the Marines, he went on to college¿first Miami-Dade Community College, where he graduated with honors, and then Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he met Danielle. After graduating from Cornell in 1999, he went on to earn his law degree from the George Washington University in 2002. Jimmy was a member of the Florida, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. bar associations. Jimmy and Danielle were married in Nassau, Bahamas in 2004, and then started a life together in South Florida, where they had two beautiful daughters, Sofia and Victoria. Jimmy ran his own family law practice for many years, most recently in Coral Gables, until he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (brain cancer) on August 25, 2011. Jimmy endured two craniotomies, two full rounds of radiation, and more than three years of chemotherapy, all under the care of doctors at both Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, and Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Jimmy never believed that he was sick, or that he would not beat the cancer. Jimmy enjoyed attending church, politics, martial arts, fine wine, running, and all things Star Wars and Star Trek, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his little girls, with whom he joyfully watched the movie "Frozen" at least 30 times, even while on Hospice care. He is survived by his wife, Danielle, his daughters Sofia (age 3½) and Victoria (age 16 months), his parents, Eduardo and Crispina, and his brother, Eduardo…


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