On September 11, 2001, life for Americans was forever changed. After the attacks on the World Trade Center, countless men and women sprung into action and selflessly risked their lives for rescue and recovery missions and to help clear the debris.

These selfless first responders and volunteers still face effects from the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Many have suffered from serious health problems as a consequence of working in the cloud of toxic smoke and dust that surrounded Ground Zero. Sarcoidosis continues to be one of the most common diagnoses in this population, with 9/11 first responders and the general firefighter population having much higher incidence rates of the disease.



There are many policies and services that ensure proper healthcare resources are available for 9/11 first responders, volunteers and survivors. Thanks to the World Trade Center Health Program and the Zadroga Act, tens of thousands of Americans whose health was affected by 9/11 have received the care they deserve. For more information on these programs and ongoing advocacy efforts, check out the links below:

Advocacy and education on the Zadroga Act: Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act

Support and advocacy for 9/11 first responders and survivors: FealGood Foundation

Support for victims and family members of those affected: Voices of September 11

Health monitoring program for survivors of 9/11: World Trade Center Health Program


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