Rare blood cancer linked to WTC dust
By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Steve Bonano, the head of security at the Barclays Center and a decorated veteran of the NYPD, is suffering from a rare form of blood cancer -- thought to be linked to 9/11 -- and is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant.
To raise awareness about this disease — and possibly find a match to save Bonano’s life — Forest City Ratner is hosting a bone marrow registry drive on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 345 Jay Street in the MetroTech area of Downtown Brooklyn.
Bonano is a highly decorated member of the NYPD and raced to the World Trade Center after it was attacked on 9/11. He worked for weeks at the toxic site.
Studies have found that rescue workers who responded to attack on 9/11 are roughly 15 percent more likely to get certain types of cancer than those who did not.
Bonano has received the Police Combat Cross, the second-highest award in the NYPD. He had also been awarded for excellence in police duty 45 times and has been recognized by the City Council, State Assembly and Senate.
Bonano has served our country and community, said his colleagues at Forest City Ratner. “Now it’s our turn to serve him by coming out to register as bone marrow donors.”
By Cynthia Magnus
Special to the Eagle