Two state legislators representing Washington County communities have landed a $100,000 state grant for UPMC to do genetic research on patients with Ewing sarcoma and their family members throughout Western Pennsylvania.

But the study won’t focus on whether pollution can cause the rare childhood bone cancer.

Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-South Fayette, and Rep. Tim O’Neal, R-South Strabane, recently announced the grant as an important first step in researching the cancer.

“The number of Ewing sarcoma cases in Washington County is concerning,” Mr. Ortitay said in a release. “I’m hopeful this research will help determine a cause of this type of cancer so that it can be prevented or better treatments developed.”

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