200 Retired NYPD Officers Find Out About Risks From 9/11 Related Illnesses

A large group of retired NYPD officers will be gathering on Wednesday nigin Palm Beach County to discuss their risk for dozens of aggressive cancers and other diseases linked to 9/11 rescue efforts.

About 200 are expected to attend an event at the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront, hosted by folks from the World Trade Center Health Program.

Attorney Michael Barasch will be sharing information about the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund. And he says it's not just first responders who need to take notice.

"There were 300,000 office workers, many of whom have retired down to Florida and they just don't know their rights."

Barasch says there are more than 60 cancers that people are contracting who worked, lived or went to school within 1.5 mile radius of the site of 9/11, and they are eligible for the available funds whether or not they are sick.

They could tap in to the World Trade Center Health Care Program.

Congress last year extended the time at which patients could sign on to the Victims Compensation Fund by 72 years.

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