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Meet the Fight For Zero Founder

 

Stel Bailey, 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.