Retired FDNY Lt. Joseph Stach has died of pancreatic cancer

Retired FDNY Lt. Joseph Stach has died of pancreatic cancer

A true hero has lost his battle with 9/11 related illnesses that became pancreatic cancer. Retired FDNY Lt. Joseph Stach, Jr. died on January 7, 2018. Joe continued to exhibit bravery in the line of duty in the years after September 11, 2001 leading up to his early retirement in 2010 and throughout his fight against the 9/11 related illnesses which eventually claimed his life. 

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No responders left behind

No responders left behind

Kelly Zemnickis is a Canadian storyteller who found herself in the role of documentary filmmaker after a Twitter encounter in December 2015 with John Feal. Feal, a 9/11 first responder turned activist and founder of the Fealgood Foundation is the subject of Zemnickis’s documentary film No Responder Left Behind.

"She was up for the fight, but the odds were stacked against her."

"She was up for the fight, but the odds were stacked against her."

Following 9/11 Holly Anderson worked for three months as a relief worker at Respite 1. Though she was a mother, wife, artist, poet and playwright, she did what many New Yorkers felt they had to do following the terrorist attacks, she put her life on hold and ultimately on the line. Photo courtesy Lucy Kane.

9/11 Health Information Forum Held in Chinatown with more to come

9/11 Health Information Forum Held in Chinatown with more to come

A 9/11 Health Information Forum was held at PS 124 in New York’s Chinatown informing local residents that they could be eligible for compensation of medical expenses if their illness is a direct result of contaminant exposure related to the World Trade Center attacks.

Head WTC Doctor concerned over pension denials & screenings

Head WTC Doctor concerned over pension denials & screenings

Many 9/11 survivors who lived, worked and went to school in the “toxic cloud” exposure zone in the months following the attacks have yet to be screened for possible illnesses associated with the smoke and debris at and around ground zero. Among those that have been screened, numerous have dealt with pension systems that are quick to reject their claims.

Curtis Sliwa Speaks Up for Student Victims of 9/11 Cancer

Radio personality and advocate Curtis Sliwa talks about the increase of cancer cases diagnosed among students who were at a Lower Manhattan school near Ground Zero in New York.

The New York Post recently reported that a growing number of students, faculty, staff, rescue and recovery workers who were present at Stuyvesant High School in the months after 9/11 have since been diagnosed with cancers and other illnesses. The elite lower Manhattan high school is located only four blocks from Ground Zero.