The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is a U.S. law to provide health monitoring and financial aid to the first responders, volunteers, and survivors of the September 11, 2001 attacks. On May 9th, the Staten Island Multiple Myeloma Support Group will hold a special meeting, thanks to the efforts of support group members Karen Soren, an attorney, and her husband Steven Soren, a myeloma patient. The meeting will feature attorneys from the law firm Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, which represented NYPD Detective James Zadroga, for whom this important piece of legislation was named. They will explain how the World Trade Center Health Program (the WTC Health Program) works to help treat affected individuals and how eligible people can qualify for support.

Myeloma is one of 68 cancers the WTC Health Program has officially linked to the toxic dusk generated by the attacks in lower Manhattan, and the IMF has followed the legislation closely. In a recent blog, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie noted that legislators in New York, along with first-responder advocate and comedian Jon Stewart, denounced proposed changes to the program. But just last week, the WTC Health Program highlighted availability of services for those exposed to 9/11 toxins in a full-page ad in the New York Times.

The Health Program was extended for 70 years, however, the Victim Compensation Fund expires on December 18, 2020, according to Karen Soren. To be eligible for compensation, people must register with and be certified by the WTC Health Program. 

She says the meeting may be of particular interest to any residents of Staten Island who fell ill after commuting daily for work on the Staten Island Ferry and walking to the subways to go uptown to their jobs during the eight months after the attacks.

The Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn is located at 1100 South Ave., Staten Island, New York. For more information, please call Laura Mooney at (917) 715-9665 or email [email protected].

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