'Dust Lady' Who Survived 9/11 Attacks Has Died From Cancer

'Dust Lady' Who Survived 9/11 Attacks Has Died From Cancer

Marcy Borders, who was a survivor in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, recently died from cancer at the age of 42.

Published August 27, 2015

Marcy Borders, a survivor of the 2011 World Trade Center attacks, has died at the age of 42. She became famously known as the 'Dust Lady' after an image of her covered in the white particles was taken and spread around the world.

Borders's cousin John Bordes said, "My HERO and cousin Marcy Borders has unfortunately succumbed to the diseases that has ridden her body since 09/11," in a Facebook comment written on Aug. 24.

"I can't believe my sister is gone," her brother, Michael Borders, wrote on Facebook Monday. 

On Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the tragedy, Borders was working in the north tower on the 81st floor for Bank of America. In a video interview published by Vimeo user Mike McGregory three years ago, Borders said she panicked upon finding about the first plane hitting the tower and described the building shaking, and later seeing people and office supplies falling out of the windows. After making it down to the ground floor, she was taken over by a dust cloud. 

"I was saying to myself over and over again that I didn't want to die. I didn't want to die." 

Borders was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. She was the mother of two children and lived in Bayonne, New Jersey. 

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