9/11 ‘Dust Lady’ Marcy Borders dies of cancer at age 42

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9/11 ‘Dust Lady’ Marcy Borders dies of cancer at age 42.

When the World Trade Center’s South Tower collapsed, just before 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, photographer Stan Honda was in lower Manhattan, taking pictures of the incomprehensible scene. “There was a giant roar, like a train, and between the buildings I could see huge clouds of smoke and dust billowing out,” Honda recounted years later. “A woman came in completely covered in grey dust,” Honda recalled in 2011. “You could tell she was nicely dressed for work and for a second she stood in the lobby.“My mom fought an amazing battle,” her daughter, Noelle Borders, told The New York Post. “Not only is she the ‘Dust Lady’ but she is my hero, and she will forever live through me.” According to New York news reports, Borders had just started a job with Bank of America, on the 81st floor of the North Tower.

Hundreds of studies conducted in the 14 years since the terror attack show that thousands of first responders and people working and living in downtown Manhattan at the time have been diagnosed with mental and physical ailments related to the attack. I don’t have high blood pressure . . . high cholesterol, diabetes.” Some types of cancers are among the illnesses covered by the Sept. 11 compensation fund, but it is unclear whether there is a link between the disease and the wreckage and debris left after the attacks. She lost custody of her two children but got them back after finishing rehab in April 2011. “I didn’t do a day’s work in nearly 10 years, and by 2011 I was a complete mess,” she told The Post in 2011. “Every time I saw an aircraft, I panicked.” She told The Jersey Journal in November that she had been diagnosed in August with stomach cancer and was scheduled to have surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. “In addition to losing so many friends, co-workers and colleagues on and after that tragic day . . . the pains from yesteryear have found a way to resurface,” wrote her cousin, John Borders. Researchers have called for continued monitoring of survivors and long-term analysis of medical conditions experienced by those people – in part because cancer can take much longer to develop than respiratory illness. The air at Ground Zero contained pulverized concrete, shards of glass and carcinogens, according to a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Residents of lower Manhattan filed a class action lawsuit in 2004 against the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Whitman, accusing the agency of misleading people about the safety of the air around Ground Zero in the wake of the attack. But when a Jersey Journal reporter asked last year if she ever looked at Honda’s photo, she said tried to avoid seeing herself as the “Dust Lady.” The program initially excluded cancer, but was amended in 2012 after a push by politicians who said there was sufficient evidence to prove a connection between the attack and cancer.

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