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Cancer after 9/11: New Jersey man beats multiple myeloma years after attack, vows he’ll ‘fight to live’

Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — and 22 years later, that number continues to rise due to related cancer deaths.

As of 2022, approximately 4,343 survivors and first responders died from toxic exposure, far exceeding the number that lost their lives on the day of the attacks, according to the World Trade Center Health Program.

But many patients and doctors continue to fight these cancers daily, including at Hackensack Meridian’s John Theurer Cancer Center in New Jersey.

“I am going to fight to live,” Vanderberg said. “I could have given up, but that’s just not who I am.”

He added, “I have no complaints — I’m just happy to be here.”

Melissa Rudy is health editor and a member of the lifestyle team at Fox News Digital. 

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