- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Marcy Borders, who at 28 years old became known as “Dust Lady” after a harrowing photograph was taken of her fleeing New York City’s World Trade Center during the Sept. 11 attacks, has died after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer.

Ms. Borders died on Monday at the age of 42 from cancer that she blamed on inhaling large amounts of dust during the 2001 attack, The Guardian reported.

She told the Jersey Journal before her death: “I’m saying to myself, ‘Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?’ I definitely believe it because I haven’t had any illnesses. I don’t have high blood pressure … high cholesterol, diabetes.

“How do you go from being healthy to waking up the next day with cancer?”

“I can’t believe my sister is gone,” Michael Borders wrote of his sibling on Facebook, The Guardian reported.

Ms. Borders, of New Jersey, was just a month into her new job at Bank of America on the 81st floor of the north tower when American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the building. Traumatized by the attacks, she slipped into a severe depression and became addicted to crack cocaine, The Guardian reported.

“I didn’t do a day’s work in nearly 10 years, and by 2011, I was a complete mess,” she said. “I was convinced Osama bin Laden was planning more attacks. Every time I saw an aircraft, I panicked. If I saw a man on a building, I was convinced he was going to shoot me.”

After losing custody of her two children, Ms. Borders checked into rehab in April 2011 and remained sober, The Guardian reported.

She announced that she’d been diagnosed with stomach cancer and had undergone chemotherapy last summer. She was scheduled to undergo further surgery, radiation and chemotherapy in December, The Guardian said.


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