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Barasch & McGarry Honors National Family Caregivers Month

November 30, 2022 | Michael Barasch

November is National Family Caregivers Month.

We honor the spouses, children, parents, and other family members and friends of cancer and respiratory illness survivors in the 9/11 community.

As we honor National Family Caregivers Month, we remember that 9/11 did not end on 9/11.

Today, more than twenty years later, these caregivers provide invaluable support after a diagnosis and through the difficulties of treatment and recovery.

Barasch & McGarry represents more than 35,000 members of the 9/11 community who have been diagnosed with cancer or respiratory illness as a result of their exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

Anyone who was a first responder or who worked, lived, or studied in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 has a higher risk of developing many respiratory illnesses and 68 different types of cancer from exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

Please note that if you are diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness, your family medical history does not affect your eligibility for free health care or compensation. 

If you were there in Lower Manhattan, the government presumes your illness was the result of exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

If you are diagnosed with any 9/11-related cancer or respiratory illnesses, we can help you access resources through the free World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)

The health program provides free, comprehensive medical care to 9/11 victims for their 9/11-related illnesses.

The victim fund offers tax-free awards for pain and suffering, lost earnings, and benefits for surviving spouses and family members.

For the WTC Health Program, the exposure zone includes all of Manhattan below Houston Street and parts of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO in Brooklyn.

For the 9/11 VCF, the exposure zone includes the area of Manhattan south of Canal Street and west of Clinton Street.

Visit or call 212-385-8000 today.

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