9/11 Survivor Macy Borders, Dubbed The “Dust Lady,” Dies From Cancer
AUGUST 12, 1973 – AUGUST 24, 2015
Although Macy Borders died of stomach cancer on August 24th of last year, I personally have never heard her story nor ever saw this incredible photo of her taken as she escaped the destruction of the World Trade Towers, up until a few days ago.
Macy, along with the thousands of others who lost their lives that day, and those who continue to suffer and succumb to illnesses due to their exposure to the “wildly toxic” dust emitted from ground zero, cannot ever be forgotten by Americans and more importantly the world. There still needs to be a reckoning and an accounting for the hundreds of questions remaining about what “truly” transpired on 9/11. Ashè!
Macy Borders, known as “The Dust Lady” thanks to a photograph taken by Stan Honda in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the World Trade Centre, became one of the most recognisable survivors of 9/11. She had started work at Bank of America a month before the attack, and was working on the 81st floor of when the first plane hit.
“The building started quaking and swaying. I lost all control, and I went into a frenzy. I fought my way out of that place,” she told the Daily Mail in 2011.
Defying instructions from her boss to stay put, Macy fled down the stairway and into the lobby of an adjacent building where she was photographed by Honda.
Mr Honda, a professional photographer, recalled the moment in a post on Facebook on the 10th anniversary of the attacks;
“A woman came in completely covered in grey dust. You could tell she was nicely dressed for work and for a second she stood in the lobby. I took one shot of her before the police officer started to direct people up a set of stairs, thinking it would be safer off the ground level.”
Ms Borders, who was from New Jersey, was not aware she had been photographed until her mother saw the image the following day and contacted Mr Honda.
In the years after the attacks, as her picture became one of the most iconic images of the day, Ms Borders suffered from severe depression and drug addiction and lost custody of her two children.
“I didn’t do a day’s work in nearly 10 years and by 2011 I was a complete mess,” she told The New York Post in the same year. “Every time I saw an aircraft, I panicked.”
But after a spell in rehab starting in April that year, she became sober and regained custody. Ms Borders’ daughter Noelle told the New York Post on Wednesday her mother “fought an amazing battle”.
“Not only is she the ‘Dust Lady’ but she is my hero and she will forever live through me,” she said.
source: BBC News
R. I. P. MACY BORDERS
In the years since 9/11, many hundreds of people caught up in the attacks have been diagnosed with cancer. Figures from July 2014 showed that more than 2,500 police officers, firefighters, ambulance staff and sanitation workers reported they had cancer in 2013 – twice as many to have said they had the disease 12 months earlier.