Stelmok passed away on December 29, 2014, losing his five-year battle with cancer, an unfortuanete common deadly ailment that has plagued many first responders who were exposed to the toxins and debris that permeated the air. Cancer truly was his greatest challenge, having been diagnosed, battling and winning colon cancer, liver cancer and brain cancer. A little more than a year ago, Stelmok was diagnosed with lung cancer for the second time. It was determined by doctors that the contaminants at Ground Zero were the cause of all his cancer diagnoses. Even during his battle with cancer over the years, he still remained heroically on the force until 2013.Read More
The WTCHP works diligently to ensure that their patients are getting the best care and treatment for cancer conditions as well as any other 9/11 related illnesses. Many emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers as well as volunteers have become ill with cancer and other diseases since the September 11th attacks. Many continue to join the WTCHP each day and are now receiving the free health care and treatment that they deserve. The World Trade Center Health Program medical card simplifies the process of getting care for your 9/11 related cancer. With prior authorization from the World Trade Center Health Program, all you need to do is just present your card to the treating doctor that was approved by the WTCHP.Read More
Bottom Line – currently, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) only has $2.775 billion dollars to split between all eligible victims. Until the various cancers were recently proposed to be included in the list of covered conditions, the Fund (given its limited pot of money) could potentially have made larger awards to victims with solely respiratory or digestive conditions.
However, if up to 50 cancers are added to the list of eligible conditions, it is likely that awards to the cancer victims will take up a large part of the overall Zadroga pie, making awards to non-cancer conditions potentially smaller.Read More