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Glenn Garamella spent months at the World Trade Center site after the attacks, helping families who lost loved ones from the New York City Police Department. "It was a difficult job but it felt meaningful that we were assisting them."
 
The 61-year-old was an employee relations director for the NYPD, working around the clock at Ground Zero where he was exposed to toxic dust and debris. "People didn't realize how dangerous the air was."
 
Years later he's facing the same health problems many responders are dealing with including asthma, sleep apnea, and cancer. "The coughing got much worse; I was really having a tough time of it. Eventually they found out I had throat cancer."

Estimates show about 90,000 people were exposed to potential dangers at the World Trade Center site. More than 60,000 are in programs to monitor their health.

"To this day we don't know everything that was in that dust cloud." 

Dr. Michael Crane heads up the 9/11 program at Mount Sinai. "We will see more chronic disease. Certainly we are going to see more cancer."

Glenn also battled post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. He hopes others get help like he finally did. "We owe it to ourselves and to our families to get checked. Don't put your head in the sand. These things don't go away. They only get worse."
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