September 17, 2012
Those who were diagnosed with cancer after working at the World Trade Center site following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks were relieved earlier this week to find out that the federal government would compensate them for their illnesses.
But the news came too late for Jevon Thomas, a worker who died of a rare cancer in April, penniless and distraught. He was 45.
Thomas spent more than a year working on “the pile,” breathing in fumes from burning jet fuel and asbestos. For 10 years, federal authorities said it was impossible to make a link between his work and his illness.