9/11 first responders face illness, uncertain future

Thousands of World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers are stricken with cancer and other illnesses attributable to their work at the site after the attacks.

Chau Lam profiles several of these people in Newsday — Tom Wilson, 48, who was an officer with the NYPD at the time of the attacks and now works for the Suffolk County Police Department, who is in remission from cancer, but suffers from osteoradionecrosis, or the disintegration of his bones; FDNY Firefighter Robert Tilearcio, 58, who has incurable glioblastoma or brain cancer; and Ken George,53, of the New York City Department of Transportation, who takes 32 different medications a day, for heart, lung, and bone issues and PTSD.

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