Fighting for his life, a September 11 firefighter shares an important message

FDNY Firefighter Steven Pascale is battling stage 3 kidney cancer. He has a message for anyone who was near World Trade Center site after the attacks of September 11, 2001 — get tested for cancer and other site-related sicknesses.

“My mission is simply to warn others of the possibility of having health issues hidden inside, even though you’re feeling otherwise fine and non-symptomatic like I was. I consider myself extremely lucky that my cancer was found and I want to do my part to help someone else who may not be aware, like I was.” Pasquale told Gracelyn Santos of the Staten Island Advance. “If there’s anyone out there who was around the WTC site, please consider being proactive and going for one of those full body scans.”

“This is my small attempt to spread the word that an annual physical may not be enough. Take the next step, get scanned and make sure that hopefully, you’re ok.”

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Treasurer allegedly bilked $400,000 from charity for families of fallen NYPD officers

Lorraine Shanley, volunteer treasurer for Survivors of the Shield, a charity for families of NYPD officers killed in the line of duty, has been arrested for stealing $400,000 from the group.

She faces 30 years in prison if convicted.

Shanley worked for the charity from 2010 to 2017, and took in more than $1.9 million in donations the vast majority of which were from NYPD personnel, reports WABC.

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Why the ‘Forrest Gump’ sequel was halted: The film ‘felt meaningless’ following 9/11 attacks

Forrest Gump nearly had a sequel, Gump & Co. Screenwriter Eric Roth recently spoke to reporters about why the sequel was never made.

“Literally, I turned it in the day before 9/11,” he said.”Tom [Hanks] and I and [director Robert Zemeckis] got together on 9/11 to sort of commiserate about how life was in America and how tragic it was. And we looked at each other and said, ‘This movie has no meaning anymore, in that sense.’ ”

In the original film, the hero showed up at many historical events. The sequel would have shown him dancing with Princess Diana, and in front of the Murragh Building in Oklahoma City at the time it was bombed, writes Erin Jensen of USA Today.

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