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Wishing Everyone A Meaningful Father’s Day

Father’s Day is an emotional day for all – whether you are celebrating a living father, lost father, or any other type of father. Michael Barasch joined Shelli Sonstein along with Bridget Gormley and Rob Tilearcio who both lost their fathers to the 9/11 toxins. As Shelli always says, she wants these heroes to be Read More

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Sonstein Sunday – Continuing Our Efforts in Washington, D.C.

Retired FDNY Deputy Chief Rich Alles and Mike Barasch were interviewed on Q104.3 by Shelli Sonstein on Sunday. We discussed our efforts and strategy to extend the VCF. We are going back down to D.C. at the end of the month, and then again in June. We will continue these trips until Congress does the Read More

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FDNY Widow Kimberly McDonaugh and Her 9/11 Story

Q104.3 host Shelli Sonstein interviews FDNY widow Kimberly McDonaugh. They discuss the loss of her heroic husband FDNY Lieutenant Eddie McDonaugh and their 9/11 story.

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Spreading the Word about Extending and Funding the Victim Compensation Fund

Mike Barasch and Dr. Kerry Kelly were interviewed by Shelli Sonstein on Q104.3 about the health consequences of World Trade Center toxic dust exposure, and the efforts being made to extend the Victim Compensation Fund.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Not Just for Women

October is breast cancer awareness month. But let’s remember that men get breast cancer, too. Male breast cancer is so rare that it only affects every 1 in 100,000 men. But in the 9/11 community, the rate of breast cancer in men is much higher than the national average. As of today, our law firm Read More

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Paying Tribute to Her Husband and Other 9/11 Heroes

Allison Meehan, a brave woman who lost her FDNY Lt. husband Edward Meehan to 9/11 toxins, is interviewed here by Shelli Sonstein to pay tribute to him and many other 9/11 heroes. Listen to the interview here:

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Breast Cancer Strikes Men Too – the Zadroga Act Can Help

Breast cancer is among the 68 cancers officially linked to exposure to WTC toxins. While this is a disease that primarily affects women, about one in a thousand men will develop breast cancer. The Zadroga Act provides health care and compensation to men suffering from this rare cancer. Unfortunately, some men feel ashamed of their Read More

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Remembering FDNY Chief Ronald Spadafora

You’ve likely heard the heartbreaking news that on June 27th, FDNY Chief of Fire Prevention Ronald Spadafora passed away as a result of a World Trade Center-related cancer (leukemia) at age 63. He led the department’s search, rescue, and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. He is also the highest ranking first responder (4-Star Chief) to Read More

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A Moving Father’s Day Interview From Barasch & McGarry

We hope your Father’s Day is meaningful. You’ve no doubt heard a lot about Keith Young, the heroic firefighter who lost his battle to cancer on Saint Patrick’s Day. Keith was a celebrated firefighter in Ladder 156 in Midwood, Brooklyn. He was known as the “Firehouse Chef” and published “Cooking with the Firehouse Chef”. He Read More

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A Moving 9/11 Mother’s Day Story on Q104.3 with Shelli Sonstein, Michael Barasch, Melinda and Louis Rivera

We hope you had a nice Mother’s Day. We thought you would enjoy listening to a moving interview of a son (and sister), whose mother lost her battle with cancer as a result of her exposure to the WTC toxins. In this interview with Shelli Sonstein on Q104.3, 20 year old Louis Rivera honors his Read More

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation


    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

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Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out

A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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