|9/11 10th Anniversary Weekend 9/2011|
In addition to training for marathons and half marathons and raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, I'm also a 9/11 WTC area survivor, and member of the Ground Zero Worker and Volunteer Community. This past weekend marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and I was once again honored and privileged to spend it in the company of the most incredible people on the planet.
As some of you know, many WTC first responders are now getting sick with various types of cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma. Some are going through treatments for which they have no medical coverage. Cancer is not, surprisingly, considered one of the 9/11 related medical conditions covered under the recently passed James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/report-no-benefits-for-9-11-cancer-victims-20110726). They are also now broadening the scope of 9/11 related health issues, and cancers like leukemia to those in the Wall Street area and beyond (http://www.911healthnow.org/911healthnow/Not_Just_Responders.html). Some have, sadly, lost their battles with cancer.
My two worlds are now joined.