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FDNY Mourns Tenth Firefighter Lost to 9/11 Cancer in 2017

On April 8, more than 50 firefighters stood outside Ladder 43’s firehouse in Spanish Harlem to salute a passing hearse, carrying the remains of retired firefighter James Lanza, who succumbed to brain cancer stemming from his service at Ground Zero. Jimmy Lanza, 71, of Woodside, Queens, was the tenth FDNY veteran to die from a […]

Manhattan DA Seeks $22M Restitution from 9/11 PTSD Scammers

More than three years after indicting 137 alleged scammers who falsely claimed 9/11-related PTSD, Manhattan’s District Attorney is still seeking to reclaim $22 million in fraudulent payments. The New York Post reported that several of the accused fraudsters incriminated themselves with audacious social media posts that contradicted their claims of disability. These included: Glen Lieberman […]

Ray Pfeiffer, 9/11 Advocate, RIP

Most of the 9/11 community has already heard the sad news about FDNY Ray Pfeiffer’s passing. For 8 years, Ray, fought a heroic battle against cancers that were linked to the WTC toxic dust. Despite crippling pain, he didn’t let his illnesses stop him from making dozens of trips to Congress, demanding that it pass […]

WTC Health Program: Its Members and Conditions at a Glance

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 established the WTC Health Program, and five years later, Congress reauthorized the program until 2090. Responders and survivors who register with the program get free health screenings and treatment for 9/11-related conditions. But, largely because of long latency periods for post-9/11 illnesses, many affected individuals […]

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Changed Its Registration Deadline – What Does This Mean for You?

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has recently changed its rules regarding the deadline to register for compensation. Historically, a person who was diagnosed with cancer had a strict 2 year window to register with the VCF, which began on the date that they were first diagnosed. If a person registered after this 2 year window […]

Feal Good Foundation Supports Injured 9/11 Responders

Demonstrating that good things can come from personal tragedies, injured 9/11 responder John Feal has built a support network to assist fellow responders. As reported on the website dnainfo.com, Feal was a construction supervisor working on recovery efforts at Ground Zero five days after the attack when a huge piece of steel fell and crushed […]

New Jersey Honors State Trooper Who Died from 9/11-related Illness

Last December, flags in New Jersey flew at half-staff to honor the memory of State Trooper Lt. William Fearon, who died at the age of 49 from illness related to toxic exposure at Ground Zero. For weeks after the towers collapsed, Fearon searched for survivors; on and off for the next two years, the trooper […]

Researcher Compares Health Consequences of 9/11 Attacks to Those of Nuclear Accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl

Last September, at the New York Academy of Medicine, Dr. Roberto Lucchini of the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City presented highlights from a not-yet-published paper he and his collaborators hope can guide future responses to large disasters. According to Newsweek, “[Lucchini] stated that the dangerous health consequences […]

Cancer and PTSD Plague 9/11 Rescue Workers

Writing for Next Avenue, author and caregiving expert Sherri Snelling brings up a frustrating irony related to 9/11 rescue workers: although they are experiencing a higher-than-normal rate of cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder due to their work at Ground Zero, many do not associate their illnesses with their rescue and recovery work on “the pile.” […]

Did Toxic WTC Dust Lead to Smaller Babies?

National Geographic recently reported on a study published in the fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Human Resources that revealed a disturbing, but fairly predictable, correlation between exposure to the 9/11 toxic cloud in the early stages of a pregnancy and the baby’s subsequent low birth weight. As researchers Hannes Schwandt and Janet Currie […]

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