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Meet 3 women who are comforting families of 9/11 illness sufferers

Diane Pryor-Holland, who lost her husband, NYPD Officer Richard Holland to World Trade Center-related kidney cancer, Dolores Weiner, who lost her brother, Thomas, to 9/11-related illness, and Bertha Merriweather, mother to NYPD Detective Tommy Merriweather, who also died of illness related to his service after the terrorist attacks, help other NYPD families dealing with site-related illness by making them quilts. 

Their group is called Helping Our Post-9/11 Survivors or H.O.P.S. They plan to make a quilt for every NYPD family with a death from World Trade Center-related illness.

“Take it, wrap yourself in it, remember your loved one, remember us, that we’re all a family,” Weiner told New York 1’s Michael Scotto. 

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Boy, 12, fighting cancer wants police patches

Jeremiah Derks, 12, was diagnosed with cancer this summer and is currently going through chemotherapy after having surgery. He would like to become a police officer one day.

He and his parents would like to receive police patches.

If you have a patch to send, please mail it to

Jeremiah Derks
229 Luke Court
Kokomo, IN 46901

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Where to Turn Toy Drive for Hurricane Florence victims

Our friends at Where to Turn will be collecting toys for their annual Holiday Toy Store and will also be sending toys to the victims of Hurricane Florence.

​Last year, Where to Turn sent thousands of toys and stocking stuffers to Texas and this year they want to do the same for the Carolinas.

If your school or business would like to start collecting, Where to Turn will arrange pickup. The toys will be sorted at their warehouse and they will fill pods and ship them to trusted sites for distribution.

If you would like to be a part of the drive, please contact Dennis McKeon at, who says, “People were good to us after Sandy, so let’s return the favor.”

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    1. World Trade Center Health Program Seeks Nominations for Advisory Committee (STAC)

      September 27 @ 8:00 am - November 16 @ 5:00 pm
    2. Nominations for Oyster Bay 9/11 Walls of Honor, a New Memorial to Honor Victims of 9/11 Illness

      October 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am - January 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
    3. Webinar – Update on the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

      November 14 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    4. Talk – Planning for Resilience to 21st Century Disasters

      November 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    5. Fundraiser in Remembrance of Detective John Ryan, NYPD ESU

      November 15 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm