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The men and women who were the first-responders to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are no less than heroes. They bravely took on the burden of rescuing injured people from the destruction. Many responders lost their lives trying to save others.
Many who survived, however, still battle their own adversity in the aftermath. The immensity of the disaster exposed those present to dangerous chemicals and substances known to cause cancer.
Unfortunately, cancer is not covered under the health care plan offered to first-responders. And some legislators want to leave out a stipulation for cancer because they say it would be too costly.
But there is no price to be put on human life — especially the lives of our brave first-responders.
Write to Dr. John Howard, administrator of the US federal government's World Trade Center Health Programme, asking him to add cancer to the coverage list for 9/11's heroes.
Dear Dr. John Howard,
As you know, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States was the deadliest in history. Thousands of innocent people lost their lives that day, and many more are still struggling, living with the memories and implications of the aftermath.
The surviving first-responders of 9/11 make up one group of people who are still facing adversity today. The people who risked and sacrificed their lives that day are America's heroes, and it's our job to make sure they're taken care of. That's why it's critical that cancer be covered under the US federal government's World Trade Center Health Programme (WTCHP)— the health plan set up by the government to take care of 9/11 first-responders and their families.
With toxic substances present everywhere following the destruction, it's no wonder cancer is being linked to exposure to Ground Zero.
It's time to take care of America's heroes.