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Publisher’s Note: 9/11 will forever be a day that we briefly forgot if we were rich or poor, gay or straight, black or white, woman or man, transgender or cisgender. It’s the day that we were recognized as merely American.

Most Americans remember where they were during the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Marcy Borders was escaping the twin towers in New York City that received a direct strike from the terrorist. She became known as “dust lady” by the infamous photograph taken by Stan Honda during the 9/11 attacks. On that day Borders was one of the fortunate victims who seemingly escaped the collapsing buildings in lower Manhattan.

In August of 2014, Borders was diagnosed with stomach cancer and underwent chemotherapy during that same year.

Suggesting the 9/11 attacks were linked to her illness in an interview with The Jersey Journal, she said “Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?” and “I definitely believe it, because I haven’t had any illnesses.”

She would sorrowfully become one of the unfortunate victims who would die from a 9/11 related illness years later. The dust-filled air permeating around her, and that coated her body, was packed with cancer-causing chemicals that claimed Boarders life and the lives of countless others.

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