In The News


7.2.14  City to Revamp Stuyvesant High Auditorium Where 9/11 Dust Concerns Linger

5.30.14  Video- Heart Disease Hospitalization After 9/11

4.20.14  Wall Street Traders want 9/11 Money

4.10.14  Gillibrand: 9/11 Victims, Families Eligible for Tax Break

4.10.14  Tax Relief For Victims of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

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WTC Environmental Health Center

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9/11 Photographer on a Mission


Allan Tannenbaum’s camera has been documenting 9/11 from the moment the first plane hit.  His photo essay 9/11: Still Killing is a shattering portrait of lives in which 9/11’s legacy lives on.

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Petition: Erect a Monument Naming Those who Died from 9/11 Toxins


“... Thousands (of victims of 9/11) have become gravely ill and many have died... They should be honored with a memorial wall on the plaza, not just an exhibition in the unfinished museum...


View Petition




9/11 Health Bill H.R. 847 Resources


1 Pager HR 847.pdf

Key Provisions HR 847.pdf

Q&A HR 847.pdf

Summary HR 847.pdf


Rep. Maloney’s 9/11 Health Page



Zadroga Bill VCF Town Hall Meeting with Special Master Sheila Birnbaum 6.28.11














Related Articles:

Downtown Express  7.2.11-NY Daily News      

WNYC   6.29.11-NY Daily News

Dept of Justice   US Congress



Quotes from the Pile




9/11 Health Now co-founder

David Miller,  (photo: Scott Star)


David’s Profile



“9/11 took everything

from me: my money,

my job, my health...

It took my whole life..”





The 9/11 Cover Up

World Plague Center













Read Kristen Lombardi’s article Death by Dust









9/11 Report: Messages in the Dust


Comprehensive report by the UK’s NEHA-National Environmental Health Association- analyzes 9/11 and its toxic aftermath with lengthy focus on environmental and heath issues.





9/11 Health Books


Dust: The Inside Story of Its Role in the September 11th Aftermath by Paul J. Lioi

Written by a high-ranking scientist and director at Rutgers University, the book outilnes the successes and failures of this country’s environmental health science response in recognizing, evaluating, and controlling the threat to worker and community health by World Trade Center dust.


Book Profile

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One of Them: A First Responder’s Story

by Steven M. Centore


Former Department of Energy worker Steve Centore’s memoir of his Ground Zero service and resulting deadly illnesses are a searing indictment of government denial and neglect.

Book Profile

Read Reviews



Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse

by Juan Gonzalez


Prize-Winning NY Daily News journalist Juan Gonzalez’s hard-hitting book was one of the first serious attempts at whistle-blowing on the 9/11 Health Crisis.  A must-read to understand the real environmental impacts of the crisis.

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9/11 Health Crisis News Photos




EMT Bonnie Giebfried, left, with Paramedic Marvin Bethea at a 1.26.06

health rally displaying a poster of

medications Bethea must take since

his Ground Zero service.



S. 1334  9/11 Health & Compensation Act 

Senate Hearings




H.R. 847  9/11 Health & Compensation Act Congressional Hearings


3.31.09  Victim Compensation Fund


4.22.09  Health Care Legislation




Quotes from the Pile


“On 9/11, we went in with the knowledge that we might not come out.  You know what? Cops, Firemen, EMS - it’s what we signed on for, it’s what we do…”




William Gleason, (above), former FDNY Lieutenant, Emergency Medical Services, now battling life-threatening lung disease.



“Most of these toxic 9/11 chemicals don’t even have

a safe threshold level. There

is no safe level of exposure..”




Suzanne Mattei,

former Sierra Club NYC Executive.


Sierra Club 9/11 page...



“...We need government to

take the lead... to address this crisis head on...”




Responder Charlie Giles and family

at the 2.26.08 Rally for 9/11 Health

in Washington DC.


Read Charlie Giles Speech 2.26.08.pdf from the Rally.




Fallen Heroes: Greg Quibell


First Responder Greg Quibell passed away on August 27, 2008 in Long Island, NY.  Greg had
been battling pulmonary fibrosis, leukemia, and a host of other WTC-related illnesses since 2002.   Greg’s final days were documented in the 9/11 film Save The Brave, in which he advocates for the urgent passage of the 9/11 Health & Compensation Act.  Greg is survived by wife Theresa, four children and two grandchildren.  Read More



Past Events


9.7.10 -1.29.11

Artist As Witness - The 9/11 Responders   New York City Police Museum


Courtroom artist Aggie Kenny’s collection of 25 portraits of NYPD, FDNY and other workers from March to May 2002 forever capture the pulse of life at Ground Zero. 9.7.10 opening event will be attended by Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney.


Read More    Read Review 




9.28.10  Film Screening:

9/11 Health Crisis Film VITO AFTER

Anthology Film Archives NYC

Meet Filmmaker & Det. Vito Friscia

After Party to follow


Director/producer/writer Maria Pusater’si award-winning documentary on former NYPD detective (and brother-in-law) Vito Friscia’s odyssey into post-9/11 illness screens tonight in NYC with Q & A  session & after-party to follow.


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Health forum organized by New York’s WTC Environmental Health center offers panel discussions by experts and community members.

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6.16.10  WTC Settlement Town Hall Meeting,  5-8 pm, New York, NY


Hosted by WTC law firm Napoli Bern Ripka, LLP and presided over by Kenneth Feinberg, Claims Appeal Neutral for the WTC Settlement Process Agreement, three-hour Q & A event for claimants & their families designed to clarify issues surrounding the Settlement Process Agreement. 


More Information



6.5.10  WTC Responder DayNew York, NY


Second annual event honoring WTC responders, workers and volunteers includes opening and closing ceremonies, workshops, exhibits, music, film & more.


WTC Responder Day 2010.pdf



5.4.10  The Wisdom of The Survivor New York, NY


A unique day-long conference bringing more than 100 survivors of Hiroshima & Nagasaki together with survivors and family members of the World Trade Center disaster on 9/11 in an exceptional  dialogue with scholars, writers and each other...


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10.24.09  Conference: World Trade Effects: Head to Heart

Presented by seven Mt. Sinai WTC physicians, conference offers an update of latest clinical findings on 9/11 health for categories such as lung, gastro-intestinal, cardiac & more.



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H.R. 847: 9/11 Health Legislation Press Conferences


10.21.09  12:00 Noon, Zucotti Park, Liberty St. & Trinity Place, Lower Manhattan.

View Press Release

We Count 911 Report.pdf


Following the recent deaths of three WTC Responders in five days, 9/11 groups urge Congress and President Obama to pass comprehensive 9/11 health legislation for all affected.


10.24.09  11:00 a.m., PATH Station, World Trade Center 7, Lower Manhattan.

View Press Release

10.3.09 -10.4.09



Breathwork & Meditation Workshops

For the 9/11 Community

Offered by Columbia U. Associate Professor Dr. Richard Brown (left),

2-day session offers breathing and meditation techniques that have proven astonishingly effective in relieving PTSD, sleep disorders & stress.

View Invitation

Read Testimonials

View Dr. Brown’s Video

Dr. Brown’s Website



9.22.09  9/11 Health Forum 


Public health forum hosted by Terry Miles, executive director of the World Trade Center Environmental Health Center.  9.22.09 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Bellevue Hospital Center Old Medical Library, 8th floor, C/D building, on First Ave. between 27th and 28th Sts.

More info




9.24.09 Salute to Firefighters Benefit


Annual event put on by non-profit charity Adam’s Angels at NYC’s Saloon bar features live music, FDNY pipes & drums, raffles & more.  View Flyer



9.13.09  Giant Steps For 9/11


First annual walk to raise money for ailing 9/11 Heroes organized by

ex-NY Giants football great George Martin will have hundreds walking from NY’s George Washington bridge to Giants Stadium in NJ.



6.24 & 6.25.09

Disaster Chaplain Training

New York, NY


Developed by NYDIS

(New York Disaster Interfaith Services), two day seminar educating the clergy on how to administer during times of crisis.


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5.2.09  Brother In Need Fundraiser

Benefit event for Engine 234 Firefighter John McNamara, battling 9/11 cancer for almost 3 years now.  Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall, Wantagh, NY.

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NYC Firefighter Foundation



4.5.09  Long Island Pride Jiu Jitsu Championship


Bi-Annual tournament showcasing popular martial arts form donates proceeds to benefit 9/11 Health Now.



3.20.09  Film Screening:

The Toxic Clouds of 9/11

by Alison Johnson


Environmental author and documentarian Alison Johnson profiles 9/11 and its toxic aftermath in this 60 minute film detailing the chemical exposures and their effects on the 9/11 recovery workers and the surrounding population.

Event Details

Film Profile

Alison Johnson Bio


3.28 & 3.29.09  Breathwork & Meditation Workshop for the 9/11 Community


Offered by Columbia U. Associate Professor Dr. Richard Brown (left),

2-day session offers breathing and meditation techniques that have proven astonishingly effective in relieving PTSD, sleep disorders & stress.

View Invitation

Read Testimonials

View Dr. Brown’s Video


2.13.09  FealGood Foundation

Moonlight Bowl


9/11 Responders and families unite on Long Island for an evening of fun and recreation organized by John Feal, Anne-Marie Baumann and Theresa Galoppe

of the FealGood Foundation.


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FealGood Founation



1.9.09

Brother-to-

Brother

Presents

‘An Evening of Laughter’



Comedy show with proceeds benefiting FDNY responders suffering from WTC-

related illness features comedians Jim Mendrenos, Les Degan, Danny Lofaro &

Rob White.  Sponsored by Adam’s Angels’ Brother-to-Brother initiative.


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Brother-to-Brother

Adam’s Angels




12.20.08  Feal Good Foundation Toy Drive

& Holiday Party


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11.1.08  Bradford Street 4 Benefit


Benefit to aid four FDNY responders all battling cancer
Bernard Cornell, Dominick Montalto, Kevin Lennon and Lt. Mike Lopez features live music, food, auctions, and chance to win a new car.

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10.18.08  Steps To Heal

Walk-N-Fest for 9/11Heroes


San Diego CA event hosted by Unite in Peace benefits NYDIS (New York Disaster Interfaith Services) and the Feal Good Foundation features group walk, kids activities, meet Responders, keynote speakers, dancing, refreshments & more.

View Flyer


10.02.08  Natural Cancer Approach Lecture, 7 p.m., Long Island NY


The National Cancer Research Foundation (NCRF) is offering a lecture on how a specific nutritional regimen has helped thousands overcome cancer, even ‘lost-cause’ terminal cases.     Read More



9.18.08  Help A Hero: 1000 Served


The New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project is aiming to add the 1000th person to its highly-acclaimed detox program with a 9.18.08 fund raiser.  More info: Help a Hero




  9.13.08  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  Tournament

  Sporting event showcases

  popular martial arts form

  with proceeds benefiting

  9/11 Health Now.

  Events Flyer click Here




8.28.08  9/11 Film: Save The Brave

New documentary exposes the ravages of 9/11 on the lives of first responders Jim Riches, Greg Quibell, John McNamara and Charles Giles.  Read More



6.14.08



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9/11 Health Resources


World Trade Center Health Program


Overseen by the CDC, government-backed 9/11 health program offers care to responders, workers, volunteers and survivors of the World Trade Center disaster.  Centers in the Greater-NY area include Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, Staten Island, and Piscataway, NJ.  Registration Hotline: 888-982-4748.  Coverage outside the Greater-NY area is provided by the National Responders Program, with a list of providers by state here.  Treatment for FDNY Responders is provided by the FDNY Clinical Center. Treatment for Non-Responders is provided by the WTC Environmental Health Center.


WTC Health Program 3-Year Statement Summary

WTC Health Program Cancer Resources

9/11 Treatment Referral Program


WTC Health Outreach Materials

WTC Health Program 1-year Anniversary Video

More 9/11 Health Resources




September 11th Victim Compensation Fund


Signed into law on January 2, 2011 and overseen by special master Sheila Birnbaum, the second provision of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act reactivates the fund providing compensation for any individual (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the World Trade Center Disaster.    FAQ



More 9/11 Health Resources




9/11 Commemorative Poster by Studio Hinrichs


Support 9/11 Health Now with this signed and numbered limited edition poster created for the 10th anniversary

Conceived on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, this signed, limited edition poster was created to benefit first responders who fell ill due to the toxic environment at Ground Zero.  All after-cost proceeds benefit 9/11 charities, including $30 per poster donated to 9/11 Health Now.

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Dedicated to health, hope and healing

within the 9/11 Community. 


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Not Just Responders:  9/11 Health Crisis Broadens to Wall Street and Beyond

9.11.10 by Claire Calladine, 9/11 Health Now- Brian Cosmello was the quintessential All-American--former U of PA fullback with an economics degree and a hot job on Wall St.  Then 9/11 struck:  A bystander caught in the dust cloud during the building collapse, Cosmello survived only to return to his job two blocks from Ground Zero for the next seven months.  Eight years later at the age of 31, Cosmello was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia his doctors attribute directly to 9/11 toxins...      Full Story




Editorial: The Time is NOW to Bring Relief to America’s 9/11 Families


Claire Calladine

9/11 Health Now

Public Address 9.11.09 NYC


Good evening, my name is Claire Calladine and I am executive director and co-founder of 9/11 Health Now. I met 9/11 Health Now’s other co-founder David Miller on 9.11.07 at a First Responder benefit, where he was speaking out on behalf of the 9/11 Community.  David is a wonderful speaker: eloquent, forceful, bold... but he kept pausing for breath at the podium and to clear his lungs.  He was also hooked up to a portable oxygen machine that he breathed through as he spoke...”   Full Story


Download Time Is NOW 9.11.09 Photo Version.pdf





Letter to Dr. Howard from 9/11 Health Victim Brian Cosmello on 7.26.11 NIOSH Cancer Ruling


“Dr. Howard and fellow NIOSH Members,


Over the past few months, NIOSH hosted an online Docket with the goal of soliciting feedback from the 9/11 Community in order to understand the needs of the population being served by the 9/11 Health bill.
 


During that period, I took much time and energy to reflect, gather information and submit my background story to you regarding the importance of including blood cancers as covered conditions under this program.  From what I have read, you have received many other similarly devastating stories, not only from Responders, but also people like myself who were either local workers and/or community members during the 9/11 attacks.  I'm appalled to learn that our stories have fallen on deaf ears...”    Full letter

 

First Periodic Review of Cancer for the WTC Health Program



The 9/11 Cancer Issue



Hear Mt. Sinai’s Dr. Robin Herbert on the Health Effects of World Trade Center Dust

‘..We know that the exposures included a potent mix of carcinogens...’

Listen to Interview




Ceremony Marks James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Taking Effect

New York, NY  July 1, 2011- Mayor Bloomberg, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Jerry Nadler, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano and Mt. Sinai Medical Center CEO Dr.
Kenneth Davis today joined World Trade Center (WTC) first responders, labor union leaders, community groups, physicians and others at a ribbon cutting event at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City to celebrate the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act taking effect.

Signed into law in early January, the Zadroga Act provides sustained funding for the WTC Centers of Excellence and ensures that those facing 9/11-related health problems continue to receive monitoring and treatment through at least 2015. The law takes effect today, July 1, 2011....

Full Story



America Saves National Honor as Senate Passes Long-Overdue Zadroga Health Bill for 9/11 Responders

Washington, DC, 12.22.10 – Today, the House of Representatives passed, for the second time, legislation to address the health crisis caused by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, will provide health care for those exposed to toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. 
The bill will also reopen the federal Victim Compensation Fund to provide economic relief to those harmed by the attacks.  Earlier today, the Senate passed an amended version of the bill that reduces the bill’s cost to $4.3 billion over five years.  A summary of the Senate’s changes can be found below.


The bill, sponsored by New York Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Peter King (R-NY), with the support of the entire New York Congressional delegation, will now be sent to President Obama’s desk.  The President has said that he supports and will sign the legislation.  The passage of H.R. 847 represents a victory for ailing 9/11 first responders and survivors who have waited more than nine years for the federal government to approve a comprehensive plan to deal with the public health disaster caused by the attacks...

Full Story   Press Release     Enacted Bill HR 847 James Zadroga 9:11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010.pdf




First Responder Chaplain Issues Plea:  “Senators, Please! Give us our Health Care and Pass S.1334 ...”

                                      

Huron, Ohio 12.18.10-  My name is Rev. Stephan Petrovich.  I was a First Responder Chaplain at the World Trade Center; I am now ill and receiving hospice palliative care for the effects of the toxic dust at Ground Zero.  I responded to the Call on 9/11 working at the morgue and on the Pile giving last rites to the bodies of the recovered victims.

I am terminally ill from 9/11 yet cannot afford the medical treatments I need as my entire Workers Comp check and most of my Social Security goes to home care.  I have been borrowing for years now to pay ongoing ($50,000+) medical bills and am now facing winter with $800 in gas arrears that the company is threatening to turn off...     Full Letter




Anthony DePalma on his book City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance and 9/11


11.22.10--DEMOCRACY NOW--In New York, a settlement will pay hundreds of millions of dollars to more than 10,000 rescue workers who were exposed to toxic debris after 9/11. We speak with Anthony DePalma, author of the new book City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance, and 9/11. "The dust becomes a metaphor," DePalma says, “because after those statements come out [about the air being safe to breathe], the rest of the people in New York were left without about the ability to believe anyone. Their trust crumbled, just the way the towers crumbled...” 

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Nine Years Later: Health Effects in World Trade Center Responders, with Philip Landrigan

9.1.10. by Ashley Ahearn, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES--As many as 70,000 volunteers and rescue workers responded to the 11 September 2001 World Trade Center (WTC) attacks, many toiling for months to clear mountains of debris containing a range of toxic compounds. Health effects seen since that time in WTC responders include respiratory, gastrointestinal, chemosensory, and mental health problems; many of these effects have persisted for years. In this podcast, Philip Landrigan discusses his work with WTC responders as a physician and an epidemiologist and how lessons learned from the WTC cleanup may be applied to other disasters. Landrigan is the chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and dean for Global Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York...   More 



His Death Must Count: It's Too Late for Joe Picurro, but Ground Zero Health Bill Must Pass

10.16.10--Editorial, NY Daily News--The photos of Joe Picurro, an ironworker who labored at The Pile on and after 9/11, should be placed before the eyes of every United States senator who will soon be called upon to vote on providing health care
and compensation to sick World Trade Center workers.

Picurro is not only the embodiment of the selfless courage displayed by so many after the terror attack, he is an ultimate example of the injustice visited upon responders who answered the call in their country's hour of need. A strapping hardhat from Tom’s River, NJ, Picurro saw the devastating images and knew skilled workers would be needed to cut the steel. He was at Ground Zero the very first night and remained there for 28 days, slicing through twisted metal, clearing debris, fighting fires, recovering human remains...

Full Story    More     NY Post    Carolyn Maloney Statement

9.11.09 Democracy Now Podcast



9/11 Health Legislation Initiatives

Washington DC, Fall 2010-   A Senate Vote is imminent for S.1334 The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act. Please help obtain urgently needed healthcare for the 9/11 Community by participating in the initiatives below:

Locate your Senator via the link above.  Call, email, write or fax your support of S. 1334 The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act.


Contact the Vice President of the Senate Joe Biden via the link above.  Write, email or call to pledge your support of the bill and urge that it be voted on asap.


Contact Senate Majority leader Harry Reid via the link above.  Write, email or call to pledge your support of the bill and urge that it be brought to a vote.


Contact United States President Barack Obama via the link above.  Email or write to pledge your support of the bill and urge that the president fast track it for signature.



Feature News

House passes Zadroga Act Expanding Health Care for 9/11 First Responders, Oks over $7 Billion in Aid


9.29.10--By Michael McAuliffe, NY Daily News--WASHINGTON- Congress gave America’s 9/11 responders their first reason to smile in nine years, pushing a measure to care for sick heroes halfway to reality.
The James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act survived intense backroom negotiations, then passed by an overwhelming 268 to 160 vote while more than 100 responders and family watched from the House gallery.

Among them was Joe Zadroga, whose police detective son, James, lost his life to a 9/11-linked illness and lent his name to the $7.4 billion measure to help others like him and their families.  "I was so overjoyed when that bill passed today, I had tears in my eyes," said Zadroga later, weeping again...

Full Story



Eight Years After 9/11, Ground Zero Volunteer Dying of Lung Disease is One of Many Still Fighting for Justice


9.11.09--DEMOCRACY NOW--Today marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11, with vigils being held to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks. We look at a group of victims that are often forgotten in the September 11 narrative: the thousands of rescue workers who became sick after being exposed to contaminants at Ground Zero. Hundreds have died. We speak to Joe Picurro, a New Jersey ironworker who worked as a volunteer on the pile for twenty-eight days. He is now dying of lung disease. We also speak with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who is co-sponsoring the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and Dr. Jacqueline Moline, director of the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine...   Read More




Voices of 9/11:  Community Members Speak Out on How 9/11 has Affected Their Lives & Health



Hear FDNY Responder John McNamara, left, on living with World Trade Center cancer. (click on image)

(Photo and Video clip: Allan Tannenbaum)



Steve Centore, New Bern NC, right, in hospital, after undergoing an emergency liver transplant:  “Time is running out for many ill and injured first responders...”


Read Steve’s Book     Press Release


Laura DiPasqua, Erie PA, left, with sons Anthony & Joe: “Since 9/11, I fight for my life every single day...”


More Voices of 9/11...



9/11 Physicians Speak Out


Hear Mt. Sinai’s Dr. Philip Landrigan on the World Trade Center Workers’ Toxic Exposures

“...The mix of chemicals is very complex...  in concentrations that were very high...  in a mixture that’s previously never been encoutered...”

Hear Testimony   More WTC Worker Testimonies

Read Dr. Landrigan’s Discover Magazine Interview World Plague Center




Download Now:  9/11 Health Guides


Clinical Guidelines for Adults Exposed to the World Trade Center Disaster  21-page guide by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene detailing types of 9/11 illnesses and guidelines for patients and physicians on diagnosis and treatments.

WTC Clinical Guidelines 2008.pdf


Clinical Guidelines for Children & Adolescents Exposed to the World Trade Center Disaster  16-page guide to 9/11’s effects on the younger population includes charts on toxic exposures, diagnosis and treatment issues, long-term ramifications, list of resources & more.

WTC Clinical Guidelines Children & Adolescents.pdf




9/11 Health Alert: NOW is Time to Voice Concerns about WTC Medical Monitoring by Rhonda Villamia


Dear WTC Community Member,


Almost a year ago after hearing many concerns that people in our Ground Zero community had regarding the Mt. Sinai WTC Medical Monitoring &
Treatment Program and/or Centers of Excellence, I initiated an effort to communicate them to the program directors Drs Jacqueline Moline & Michael Crane. I also reached out to the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), who in collaboration with the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) created the WTC Health Registry in July 2002.


Over the subsequent months, I posted email requests for input from the 9/11 community via direct contact to persons on my e-list, or through various WTC-related groups. I asked for people to contact me with their list of concerns & any attempts made to communicate their concerns directly to Mt. Sinai or the Centers of Excellence via email or letters. I wanted to compile a fairly exhaustive account of issues which our community feels have not been addressed by the monitoring or treatment programs...   Read More



Read 9/11 Health Now’s 2008 Letter to Congress on this all-important piece of legislation...

Read Laura DiPasqua’s Letter to Congress about how her life has changed since 9/11 and why she desperately needs the Zadroga act to pass. (pictured right,
with sons Anthony and Joe at the 2.26.08 Rally for 9/11 Health in Washington DC.)




Fallen Heroes: FDNY Jim Ryan

FDNY Jim Ryan, 48, of Kings Park NY succumbed to a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer on 12.25.09.  Ryan, of Engine Co. 320/Ladder 167 in Flushing (Queens), worked for months at Ground Zero sifting through toxic rubble.  Both Ryan’s doctors and family belive his cancer was 9/11-related.  Ryan made a plea to Congress this past November on the eve of a 11.18.09 rally in which 9/11 groups advocated for the passage of pending health legislantion the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act.  “...(The bill) is about all the guys who are going to come after me, and there's going to be plenty of them...  I don't think (we)'ve even seen the tip of the iceberg yet...”  Ryan is survived by wife Magda, two sons, a daughter, and three siblings.    Read More   12.29.09 Funeral  12.29.09 Video  12.28.09 Story 12.27.09 Story   12.27.09 Obituary     12.26.09 Story   11.19.09 Story




Fallen Heroes: NYPD Robert Grossman


NYPD officer Robert ‘Robbie’ Grossman passed away in Port Jefferson, NY on 10.09.09 at age 41 after a three year battle with brain cancer that his family and physician link directly to World Trade Center toxins.  Grossman graduated from the police academy in 1994, and was assigned to the 28th precinct in Harlem.

On September 11, 2001, Grossman rushed to Ground Zero along with thousands of NYPD, FDNY, EMS and other rescue workers, spending weeks at the site.  He continued to work within the NYPD until 9/11 illness forced him to retire in 2007.  Known for his sense of humor, strength, and love of life, Grossman is survived by wife Carla, son Noah, 6, father and stepmother Stephen and Rochelle Grossman, mother and stepfather Harriet & Morton Epstein, and seven siblings.

Newsday Story   Daily News Story   Funeral Footage   9.16.09 Story


Fallen Heroes:  FDNY John McNamara                      April 26, 1965 - August 9, 2009

FDNY John McNamara, 44, passed away on 8.9.09, after a 3-year battle with cancer.  ‘Johnny Mac’, as he was known within the FDNY and 9/11 communities, served 10 years at Brooklyn’s Engine 234/Ladder 123, & was also a member of the Blue Point (Long Island) fire dept.  He worked 500 hours at Ground Zero, and also deployed to New Orleans during the Hurricane Katrina disaster.  MacNamara co-founded the non-profit NYC Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation, advocating for 9/11 health awareness all the way to his death.  He is survived by wife Jennifer and 2 year old son Jack. (photo: Allan Tannenbaum)

Huffington Post Tribute   Daily News Article    HDTV2 Article

Press Conference   Newsday Article   Joye Brown Ediitorial

Newsday Funeral Article & Video    NY1 Funeral Article & Video

John MacNamara Video   Russia Today Story   Adam’s Angels Page

Jet Nation Tribute




Filmmaker Brian Johnson profiles 9/11 responder John Citara’s odyssey from Ground Zero civilian volunteer to a life revolving around chronic illness and the ongoing sruggle to survive. 

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Visit Film Website

More Film Info:  Part 1 Part 2



Feature News Articles


Obama comes out in Favor of 9/11 Health Bill: Pres. to sign Zadroga Bill into Law

8.18.10 by Richard Sisk & Samuel Goldsmith, NY DAILY NEWS--Washington--In a breakthrough for 9/11 first responders, President Obama ended his silence on the Zadroga Bill on Wednesday and backed the uphill drive to get it through Congress.

"The President looks forward to signing the 9/11 health bill into law, once it passes both houses of Congress, to help the first responders whose health and livelihood were devastated by the events of Sept. 11," a White House statement said.  Elated first responders and their families said it was the first show of support from Obama since the presidential campaign and boosted chances for bringing the bill to another vote in the House next month. A previous effort failed last month...

Full Article


Judge OKs Proposed Ground Zero Settlement

6.23.10 by John Riley NEWSDAY--U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein Wednesday approved a proposed $625 million to $712 million settlement of health claims from Ground Zero responders after an emotional seven-hour hearing in which he frequently sympathized with critics of its imperfections.

"I intend to approve the settlement and I now do so as a fair, reasonable and adequate settlement," Hellerstein told a packed courtroom in federal court in Manhattan after hearing from a parade of more than 30 lawyers and claimants. "It is fair in amount, it is fair in procedure."

The judge vetoed a less generous deal between the city, its insurer and plaintiffs' lawyers in March. To take effect, at least 95 percent of the 10,000 police officers, firefighters and other workers who claim they suffered illnesses from post-Sept. 11 rescue and cleanup efforts must sign up by Sept. 30...

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Forgotten to the Max: Sick Montana Town Gets Aid While WTC Heroes Stay Forgotten

12.27.09  NY Daily News--As Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson did, as Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu did, as Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd did -
and as New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand did not do - Montana Sen. Max Baucus (right) got a big special something for his state in the Senate health care bill.

The Great Falls Tribune of Great Falls, Montana reported: "The bill has several provisions that could help Montana, including ... special help for the people of Libby, whose exposure to years of asbestos was so severe that the Environmental Protection Agency declared a health emergency...  Read More 

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World Trade Center, 9/11 & Asbestos

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9/11’s Toxic Legacy

Regina Cervantes, Volunteer EMS Worker:  “By September 14th, my airway was so burned I could barely speak.  Now I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, gastro esophageal reflux disease, chronic asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks…”


David Miller, National Guard (pictured,below):   “I've got Mesothelioma, skin cancer, head and neck cancer, COPD--Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, nausea from the chemo, insomnia, cardiac issues-my heart has to pump so hard to get
oxygen to my obstructed lungs, it's become damaged in the process…”


Listen to David on the plight of the First Responders in a meeting with Dennis Kucinich.


John Feal, Demolition Supervisor:  “An 8-ton steel beam crushed my foot at Ground Zero.  I got gangrene and almost died.  I've had multiple surgeries and two amputations. Pulmonary disease?  Puh-lease--everyone who worked on the pile has that-it's inescapable…”


John Sferazo, Steelworker, who now takes 26 medications a day due to Ground Zero illness: “...Now I'm lucky if I can run a city block without dropping dead…”   View John in the Sierra Club film Forgotten Heroes



The 9/11 Health Crisis

On September 11, 2001, tens of thousands of Americans converged on New York City's World Trade Center site in one of the most impassioned rescue and recovery efforts in the history of the country.  Unbeknownst to these American patriots, the conditions at Ground Zero--in spite of Federal and State warnings to the contrary--were exceedingly toxic: hundreds of contaminants, including asbestos, lead, mercury and benzene--to name a few-were present in unprecedentedly high levels, both within the billowing dust cloud that settled over Lower Manhattan and the surrounding areas, and in the emissions from the pile that smoldered for months afterward during the cleanup...           Read More...



Rally for 9/11 Health U.S. Capitol 2.26.08

Over one hundred 9/11 Responders and their families rallied at the U.S. Capitol on February 26, 2008 to protest the 77% budget cuts in 9/11 Healthcare funding for fiscal ‘09, plus the canceling of plans for the World Trade Center Business Process Center,
which would have provided monitoring and treatment for the 10,000-plus Responders who reside outside the greater New York area. Responders and officials alike clamored for the passage of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. (H.R. 3543; updated versions H.R. 6594, 7174 & 847). Also known as the James Zadroga Act, the bill would provide monitoring and treatment to all those sickened by Ground Zero toxins. Co-organized by 9/11 Health Now and the FealGood Foundation, the rally featured elected officials Dennis Kucinich (D-OH, pictured right), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Tim Bishop (D-NY), who spoke out on the urgent need for 9/11 Healthcare. View Photo Gallery...     Read Media Articles...   View Media Clips




9/11 Activist: John Feal

During the 9/11 rescue and recovery mission, First Responder John Feal escaped near-death when an 8-ton steel beam toppled onto his foot.  Two amputations and multiple surgeries later, Feal was back on his feet, but demoralized by what he saw: the 9/11 Community was reeling--from respiratory disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, cancers and other ailments due to Ground Zero's toxic aftermath.  Bitter that aid for America's heroes was not forthcoming, Feal transformed his anger into advocacy, speaking out to the public and elected officials for the urgent need for 9/11 health care.  In 2005,
John established the FealGood Foundation, a non-profit charity dedicated to aiding the 9/11 Community.


“I became an advocate once I realized I have a choice,” Feal declares.  “I can sit around and feel sorry for myself, or I can fight back and help others."  Mention politics, and John bristles: "With power, comes responsibility: as elected officials, you're elected to serve and protect.  Well, 90% of our country's leaders are not serving and protecting, and 9/11 heroes are dying because of it.”  Feal continues: "As a country, we took one on the chin on September 11. We got knocked down, but we bounced back up to move forward. But in the process of moving forward, we forgot what we left behind. And that's about 40,000 people that are sick and dying…”


Read John’s 9.5.07 CAP Interview
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View John in the Sierra Club film Forgotten Heroes.


View John Feal and Glen Klein’s Star Jones Interview.


View John’s 2.26.08 Fox News Interview at the Rally for 9/11 Health at the US Capitol (above).