Story last updated at 3:51 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2002

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Dear Editor,

We convey our sincere thanks to the Homer Foundation for their generous support of Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream" and "Having Faith." With the sponsorship of the Homer Foundation and other gracious contributors, our organizations, Alaska Community Action on Toxics and Cook Inlet Keeper, were able to bring Sandra Steingraber to Homer during her 2002 Alaska book tour. She gave a free lecture and reading on Wednesday May 15 at the Bunnell Street Gallery.

An ecologist, author and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on environmental links to cancer and effects on reproductive health. Library Journal names her most recent book, "Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey into Motherhood," as one of the best books of 2001. This book is a memoir of her own pregnancy and an investigation into reproductive health and fetal toxicology. Her lectures and discussions have inspired our work to address the sources of contaminants from industry and the military that affect health and the environment.

Thanks to all who made Steingraber's visit to Homer possible, including Smoky Bay Natural Foods, South Peninsula Hospital, Rad Mommies, Clinic of Chiropractic Health -- Dr. James Heston, Frontier Natural Health -- Dr. Patrick Huffman, Home Sweet Homer, Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and Structural Integration.

Pamela Miller, director

Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Bob Shavelson, director

Cook Inlet Keeper