Did 9/11 Claim Another Life? RIP Marcy Borders

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IMAGE/CHART SOURCE: cdc.gov

By Cheri Roberts of Challenging the Rhetoric and Cheri Speak

The headline is a bold question for sure. Controversial? Certainly. True? Probably so and here’s why …

More than 4000 first responders, rescuers and other survivors of the September 11, 2001 attacks have already died from disease, primarily cancer. Skin cancer, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas are among the most common cancers listed on the CDC’s World Trade Center Health Program. The CDC is adding more ailments to the list as time goes by and they make themselves known.

RIP Marcy Borders

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PHOTO CREDIT: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Image

On Tuesday, the number of potential 9/11 cancer victims climbed by one more. Marcy Borders was working on the 81st floor of the WTC’s North Tower when the first plane hit. Although she made it out alive that day, 13-years later she was diagnosed with stomach cancer at the age of 41. Borders believed the chemicals and make-up of the dust is what caused her disease like it has countless others.

You may remember Borders, who became known as the “dust lady”,  from the mind-blowing image above taken by AFP photographer Stan Honda.

Too Many Too Fast

In the last month or so, 9 Sept. 11 first responders from New York, including seven from Long Island, have died in the last month. Their deaths were likely due to illnesses related to working at Ground Zero.

John Feal, founder of the Fealgood Foundation is a champion for the first responders and others. He lobbied Congress to pass a compensation package for those impacted and is lobbying them some more for renewal. Currently legislation seeking renewal; H.R.1786 – the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12], was introduced to the 114th Congress in April of this year to ensure continued compensation and health coverage of those affected.

In May the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice where it is still pending.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Congress.gov screenshot

Passing this legislation is of moral import. According to medical professionals, we still do not know how many people will have been affected over-all and the expectation is that there will be many more like those listed at the Fealgood Foundation site; and those like Marcy Borders. If it passes, the new bill will not expire until 2041 when most responders and workers will be in their mid to late 70’s.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Fealgood Foundation

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