WOODBURY - Sept. 11 first responders who are battling cancer are a step closer to getting federal aid after a unanimous vote today by the World Trade Center Health Advisory Committee.

When Congress first approved billions of dollars in compensation for workers who were sickened by toxins at the World Trade Center site, cancer was not included.

First responders say they have been fighting for over 10 years to get help for those who have been battling cancer.

Advocate and first responder John Feal says he is calling for the final decision to be made by Dr. John Howard, the World Trade Center health program administrator. It's still unclear which types of cancer would be covered if the changes are approved.

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