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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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Fund established to honor 9/11 firefighter Thomas K. Kontizas

A fund has been established to honor the memory of Firefighter Thomas K. Kontizas, who died of World Trade Center-related leukemia in 2017 after a 22-year career with the FDNY. His widow, Karen, has started the Kontizas Fund to support Pike County causes important to Thomas Kontizas, including emergency services, social services, and the arts, […]

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‘It was so emotional’: Coppell volleyball standout Pierce Woodall remembers her dad with personal triumph on 9/11

Brent Woodall was an incredible athlete, excelling in rugby, baseball, and football. His daughter, Pierce Woodall, who was born seven months after the 9/11 terrorist attack that killed him, played the best volleyball game of her life on the 17th anniversary of the attacks. Her career high of 24 kills led her team to victory Coppell […]

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

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