9/11 first responders want Zadroga Act to cover cancer

Sept. 11 first responders gathered in Lower Manhattan today, calling on the World Trade Center Health Advisory Committee to recommend that certain cancers be covered

MANHATTAN - Sept. 11 first responders gathered in Lower Manhattan today, calling on the World Trade Center Health Advisory Committee to recommend that certain cancers be covered by the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act that was passed last year in Congress.

Standing on the steps of City Hall, first responder and advocate John Feal listed the names of fellow first responders who are now sick with cancer, which they say was caused by the dust at Ground Zero.

"These toxins have caused these blood cancers and these digestive cancers, and they need to be added immediately," Feal says.

Tonight, first responders will be testifying at a hearing in front of the World Trade Center Health Advisory Committee. Chairwoman Dr. Elizabeth Ward says the committee will listen to evidence and then make a recommendation on whether or not to expand the federal health benefits for cancer patients.

As part of the public comment portion of the hearing, Feal will present a document listing nearly 200 first responders who already died of cancer.Review: Insufficient evidence for 9/11-related cancer9/11 health care law goes into effectPres. Obama signs Sept. 11 health care bill

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say the victim sustained multiple lacerations and 1 Police release sketch of man found dead in Massapequa Preserve
The van was a welcome addition to the 2 Nassau firefighters group donates van for disabled vets
Two Long Island residents with differing views on 3 LI residents offer different takes on GOP health bill failure
Police are searching for the driver involved in 4 Brentwood man killed in hit-and-run crash
When the new Nassau Coliseum opens its doors 5 New Coliseum to pay tribute to military, 9/11 victims

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE