Cite cancer as the main disease under Zadroga Compensation Bill.
Please take the time to read and sign the below petition, which is being directed to the Senate Committee of the United States of America.
Some medical examiner, John Howard came out earlier this week saying that WTC responders getting cancer is not related to the tragic events of that horrible day for our nation. With glass particles being found in the lungs of the afflicted—being mixed with other building toxicants-- and with full knowledge of the type of fiberglass/asbestos building insulation in the Twin Towers-- with the fact that the vast majority of the deaths already were attributed to cancer—I would say that John Howards statement is a gross misdiagnosis.
This gross “misdiagnoses” will cause very sick people and their families with cancer not to be treated properly for their illness or compensated under the Zadroga Act.
These are no ordinary citizens—they are the heroes of that day who stepped up for their nation in the best possible way—by serving others. Now in their hour of greatest need—their nation has turned their backs on them.
In the times shortly thereafter the tragic events of 9/11, the nation was united like it never was before. People of all faiths, creeds, denominations and party affiliation just remembered that we were all Americans—which is how should always live as.
We must always remember the brave sacrifice these heroes made trying to save other’s lives –and them trying to bring closure to the families who lost loved ones.
When we witness politically a motivated statement that would deny health compensation to these American heroes is truly sickening to the senses.
This is the United States of America—not some third world nation.
We are much better than this. Let’s prove who we are.
Thanking you all on behalf of the fallen and suffering,
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The tragedy of 9/11 continues for many responders and their families in a very direct and sad way.
When the WTC Twin Towers were brought down in the worst attack leveled against America, it released carcinogens from building insulation which contains glass fibers of asbestos. They are finding glass particles in the stricken responders lungs now-- along with a mix of other toxins and carcinogens from the collpase of the Twin Towers.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, many of the firefighters and police officers who rushed in to save lives and people who worked on “the pile” looking for body remains became toxically sick. Many healthy people of that day eventually got cancer and died. Many suffer today from having this deadly disease, lost their source of income for themselves and families and have become prisoners’ of their own homes. Besides not being able to work and provide for their families, they have thousands upon thousands of dollars in medical expenses and debt mounting up-- adding to their suffering, in their fight to remain alive.
Then-Governor of New York George Pataki signed into legislation the Zadroga Bill, a 2.8 billion compensation fund, named after Detective James Zadroga, on August 14, 2006. This bill was to expand death benefits to Ground Zero workers who died from cancer or respiratory diseases, under the presumption that the cause was due to exposure during recovery efforts. James Zadroga was the first NYPD officer whose death was attributed to exposure to his contact with toxic chemicals at the attack site.
Despite an initial synopsis by Gerard Breton, a pathologist of the Ocean County, New Jersey medical examiner's office, conducted an autopsy in April 2006, and he reported, "It is felt with a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the cause of death in this case was directly related to the 9/11 incident."This attribution made Zadroga, 34-years-old at the time of his death, the first 9/11 responder whose death was directly linked with toxic Ground Zero substances. Breton's autopsy found what he described as "unidentified foreign materials" in Zadroga's lungs, which were identified by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C. as talc, cellulose, calcium phosphate, and methacrylate plastic; However, the examination did not compare the particles found in his lungs with actual dust from the World Trade Center site. Then Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch and another medical examiner signed a statement that said "It is our unequivocal opinion, with certainty beyond doubt, that the foreign material in James Zadroga’s lungs did not get there as the result of inhaling dust at the World Trade Center or elsewhere". Hirsch concluded that Zadroga died from self-injection of ground drugs, with Hirsch finding severe scarring in his lungs that he determined was caused by cellulose and talc granulomas and stating (through a spokesperson) that "The lung disease he had was a consequence of injecting prescription drugs. They tried to make James Zadroga’s death caused by prescription drug abuse. This discredited who he was—which was a healthy 34-year old detective –who was a first responder-- or in other words a true hero. They stated that Zadroga injected Oxy-Contin in himself despite no needle track mark scars present. A third opinion obtained by Zadroga's family later that month from Dr. Michael Baden, chief forensic pathologist of the New York State Police (and former New York City Medical Examiner), backed the original claim of WTC dust responsibility, citing the presence of glass fibers in Zadroga's lungs that could not be related to injecting drugs.
Asbestos and 9/11
The inhalation of asbestos glass fibers can cause serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, Mesothelioma (a formerly rare cancer strongly associated with exposure to amphibole asbestos), and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis). Long exposure to high concentrations of asbestos fibers is more likely to cause health problems.
Six minerals are defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as "asbestos" including those belonging to the serpentine class chrysotile and those belonging to the amphibole class amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite. There is an important distinction to be made between serpentine and amphibole asbestos due to differences in their chemical composition and their degree of potency as a health hazard when inhaled. However asbestos and all commercial forms of asbestos (including chrysotile asbestos) are known to be human carcinogens based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. There is without out a doubt that the building insulation used in the Twin Towers contained asbestos containing cancer causing carcinogens.
More than 1000 tons of asbestos are thought to have been released into the air during the destruction of the Twin Towers. Inhalation of a mixture of asbestos and other toxicants is thought to be linked to the unusually high death rate of emergency service workers from cancers since this tragedy. Many thousands more are now at risk of developing cancer due to this exposure with those who have already died and being only the “tip of the iceberg”. Many have criticized authorities for using asbestos in the Towers' construction.
Earlier this week, the news story broke that medical examiner, Doctor John Howard has stated to have found that there is not enough scientific evidence right now to add cancers to the list of diseases covered by federal law, signed into legislation, late 2010 by President Obama. This doctor has come to this conclusion despite us knowing the type of cancer causing asbestos building insulation that exploded into dust that these heroes breathed in while saving lives or looking for body remains while working at “the pile”. 9/11 advocate, John Feal one of the strongest champions of the Zadroga Bill was understandably furious because he stated that he “has been to 53 funerals of 9/11 rescue worker victims-- and 51 of those deaths were from cancer”.
Ten years after the towers fell there are still not sufficient studies to see if Ground Zero toxins caused cancer. The evidence will be required to be reviewed again a year from now but the sick and those mired in medical bills need our help now.
Please honor this petition to include cancer as the main disease for the cause of deaths of the 9/11 responders and to compensate the heroes of 9/11 who now need our help more than ever.
I urge law and policy makers to open more extensive studies NOW—not next month-- or next year. The sick may not have that long-- and we can possibly cure some by seeing that they are treated properly and treated with the dignity that is worthy of United States hero. If we cannot save their lives we should not leave their spouses mired in crippling debt.
Common sense alone should tell anyone that there is something radically wrong when the vast majority of the deaths of the 9/11 responders has been attributed to cancer--and now these heroes are turned away.
There was 1000 tons of cancer-causing asbestos building insulation, glass dust particles released into the air of NYC and surrounding areas. I am also calling for a ban on this type of scientifically known cancer causing product to be discontinued from further use on new construction projects and for our nation to come up with an effective insulation alternative, which is non-toxic.
Every time there is a building fire, this hazardous material gets released.
The question needs to be raised why cancer was removed from the coverage compensation of this bill when most of the deaths are in fact from cancer?
Lets be the decent nation we claim we are and show some heart, compassion and moral responsibility to those who sacrificed their lives for others.
To the Senate Committee of the United States of America and to all Senator's and Congressperson's:
We urge you to include cancer as the main disease under The Zadroga Compensation Act.
What America needs are compassionate statesmen/women making moral decisions with conscience and hearts. This denial simply is wrong-- and not in line with our nation's core values.