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State Expands Thyroid Cancer Screenings to 9/11 Responders

The New York City Council has granted money for thyroid cancer screenings, but screenings have not been readily available for 9/11 survivors outside the city. This year, however, State Senator Terrence Murphy secured state money for screenings in the Hudson Valley.

From Retired Firefighters to Former High School Students, 9/11 Cancer Victims Continue to Emerge

From Retired Firefighters to Former High School Students, 9/11 Cancer Victims Continue to Emerge

February 2, 2018 was a particularly sad day for the FDNY. As reported in the New York Daily News, “Retired Firefighter Ronald Svec, 63, died after a nine-year battle with lung and spine cancer he contracted after his time toiling at Ground Zero.” Ret. Lt. Edward Meehan, 53, also died that day, the fifth FDNY member to succumb to a 9/11-related illness already this year…

Why 9/11 Still Matters But Not For The Reasons You Think: Inside the VCF and WTCHP Program

Unforeseen health consequences from toxic 9/11 dust have been on the rise for 16 years since September 11th, 2001. Even more shocking; most of the impacted individuals were only caught in the dust cloud or exposed for less than 60 minutes. As a result, many have come down with a host of devastating health conditions ranging from the rarest of cancers to a variety of respiratory diseases—sometimes occurring simultaneously.

As Trooper Is Laid to Rest, Uncertainty Haunts Surviving 9/11 Comrades

Trooper Anson’s passing is a reminder of the emotional weight so many 9/11 responders carry as uncertainty about their own health continues to haunt them. Many responders have sought emotional support from cancer support groups as well as health screenings from the World Trade Center Health Program.

The Newest Peekskill Canine to Be Named after Fallen Peekskill Police Officer Who Passed Away From A 9/11-related Condition

The Peekskill Police Department named the newest member of their canine team after a fallen Peekskill Detective who passed away in 2013 from sarcoidosis, a disease he contracted while participating in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks.

Downtown Teachers and Students Urge Community to Enroll in WTC Health Program

This week on Thursday, I had the honor of speaking at a major press conference at New York City’s Stuyvesant High School, which stands in the shadow of the former World Trade Center. Our goal was to let the public know that former students, teachers, local residents, and office workers are developing 9/11-related illnesses at the same alarming rates as the first responders.

The Burden of Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea and The Victim Compensation Fund

After the government mistakenly guaranteed its residents and workers that the air was safe, it would not be long before thousands of people exposed to the World Trade Center toxic dust began experiencing respiratory and digestive issues that, whether they knew it at the time or not, were linked to their exposure to the looming toxins.

9/11 Responder Denied Enhanced Pension as Disability Is Blamed on Weight

According to a recent story in the New York Post, Michael Abramowitz, whose work at Ground Zero included transporting victims’ body parts to the city morgue, was forced into retirement in 2010 at the age of 56, when doctors declared him medically unfit for duty due to asthma and psoriasis. Doctors certified that his asthma was due to exposure to 9/11 toxic dust.

PBS Investigation: Barasch McGarry Students Getting Cancer in Downtown NYC

Michael Barasch and Richard Alles appeared on PBS MetroFocus “9/11 & Student Cancer” that aired on January 26, 2018.

Saudi Arabia Claims No Evidence It Aided 9/11 Plot: Moves to Dismiss JASTA Lawsuit

Judge Daniels acknowledged that the 9/11 Commission report’s finding of “no evidence” did not by itself warrant dismissal of the plaintiff’s’ case, but he pressed plaintiff’s counsel about what evidence does exist to establish that the Kingdom bears responsibility for the 9/11 attacks.
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