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Marcy Borders
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    (August 12, 1973-August 24, 2015)
    Resident of Bayonne, New Jersey
    Bank clerk
    Survived the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11
    Photographed covered in dust from the building collapse by Stan Honda
    Known as 'the Dust Lady'
    Died of stomach cancer at age 42
    She said, 'The picture made me angry at first.... How could I be famous, but still poor?'
    After 9/11, she suffered depression and panic attacks: 'Every time I saw an airplane I panicked. If I saw someone on a building, I was worried he was going to shoot me.'
    She became addicted to crack cocaine.
    'I drank to the point of blackouts.'
    She lost custody of her two children.
    She said, 'I didn't care about myself or anyone else. I couldn't deal with life.'
    She had been working in the World Trade Center only a month before the 9/11 attacks.
    She ignored her boss's orders to stay in the office.
    She said about the building collapse, 'It felt like the end of the world and I had front row seats.'
    She went to rehab for her alcohol and drug abuse.
    She regained custody of her children.
    She said about her children, 'I made a conscious decision to save my life for them.'
    She said hearing about the death of Osama bin Laden helped her recover from depression and addiction.
    She kept the clothes, still covered in dust, from the photo: 'I'm not sure if they're a good luck talisman in that I survived in them, or a bad luck one for being worn that day.'
    Her cancer may have been the result of being exposed to toxic dust from the World Trade Center collapse.

Credit: C. Fishel

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