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One Year Anniversary: Remembering the 17 Precious Lives Lost in Parkland, Florida

February 14 marks the first anniversary when we commemorate the precious lives that were taken at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. We remember: Alyssa Alhadeff, Martin Duque Anguiano, Scott Beigel, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, and Peter Wang.

Following this tragedy, we were inspired by the response of the Parkland families and students who mobilized so quickly to demand change. In the face of tragedy, they founded the youth-led March For Our Lives movement. More.

 

10 Years Later: Remembering Beverly Eckert and the Victims of Continental Flight 3407

February 12 marks the tenth anniversary when we remember VOICES co-founder Beverly Eckert and the other 49 individuals who perished when Continental Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo, New York. Beverly was traveling to Buffalo to attend a ceremony at Canisius High School where she was awarding a scholarship in memory of her husband Sean who died on 9/11. More.

On this tenth anniversary, we remember Beverly and all those lost on Flight 3407 and we thank their family members for their tireless efforts in improving airline safety for us all. More.

 

National Cancer Prevention Month

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Cancer is prevalent among responders and survivors who were exposed to toxins in Lower Manhattan on 9/11, and in the days and months following the attacks. Currently, the World Trade Center Health Program is providing medical and mental health treatment for over 41,000 individuals and over 100 cancers have been classified as certified conditions.

If you are already enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program it is important to schedule your annual monitoring exam every year. Before your exam, make sure to write down a list of symptoms you are experiencing, even those that you think might not be related to your 9/11 exposures.

 

New Year's Resolutions for 2019

It's not too late to consider beginning resolutions for 2019 that will have a positive impact on your mind and body! By setting realistic resolutions and taking small steps, you can improve both your physical and mental well-being!

Consider keeping a daily journal to track your progress in working toward a goal, or even getting an extra hour of sleep. You can also cultivate the practice of mindfulness, which is the ability to live in the present moment. For more ideas on resolutions and for helpful resources, click here.

 

ICAP Charity Day

Our thanks to ICAP Charity Day and VOICES ambassador Mike Greenberg for helping us help others! Every year, ICAP gives away all of its global commission revenue for one day to numerous charities around the world.

We were honored to participate in this annual event on December 6 along with Evander Holyfield, Joe Namath, Patrick McEnroe, Mike Dempsey, Michael Douglas, and others who are making important contributions by supporting so many worthy charities. Click here to learn more about ICAP Charity Day.

 

Teleconference Support Groups

At VOICES 17th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum, we were thrilled to have clinicians from the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) facilitate peer-to-peer group discussions.

As a follow-up, the clinicians graciously hosted teleconference support groups in November, in partnership with VOICES staff. We hope to offer similar groups in the future to support the ongoing needs of our community.

 

NYDIS Disaster Preparedness Summit

On October 16, VOICES participated in New York Disaster Interfaith Service‘s (NYDIS) “Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Leadership Training & Networking Summit for NYC Religious Leaders.“

The day-long summit provided an opportunity for religious leaders, non-profits, and government partners to come together to discuss important community preparedness updates, resources, panel discussions, and workshops. by the OEM, NY Cares, FEMA and others on learning about resources available.

 

9/11 Health Watch Annual Fundraiser

VOICES was honored to attend 9/11 Health Watch’s annual fundraiser on October 11 in Manhattan.

This year’s honorees included Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, New York’s Senior Senator; Dr. Kerry Kelly, Retired Chief Medical Officer, FDNY and Co-Director, FDNY World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Programs; Dr. David Prezant, Chief Medical Officer for the FDNY and Special Advisor to the Fire Commissioner for Health Policy; and in Memoriam Dr. James Melius, Founding Member of 9/11 Health Watch and responder and survivor advocate. VOICES is very grateful to 9/11 Health Watch for their tireless advocacy and continued commitment to the 9/11 community. More.

 

Bipartisan Policy Center's 2018 Patriot Award

VOICES was honored to attend the Bipartisan Policy Center's Patriot Award Ceremony in Washington, DC on September 11, which recognizes leaders who demonstrate political courage and exceptional leadership throughout their careers. This year’s honorees were 9/11 Co-Chairmen - former Governor of New Jersey Thomas Kean and former Member of the United States House of Representatives Lee Hamilton, who were honored for their inspirational courage, especially at a time when our country was faced with unimaginable tragedy.

Governor Kean began his remarks thoughtfully recognizing Mary Fetchet and Carol Ashley and the other 9/11 families for their advocacy efforts to establish the 9/11 Commission. More.

 

VOICES Summer Interns Produce Short Film

Each year, VOICES high school interns produce a short film based on their research and interviews conducted on topics related to 9/11. Notably, this years’ interns were too young to have any memory of the attacks on September 11 but in their lifetime have witnessed other terrible acts of mass violence. The students interviewed a wide range of individuals and chronicled the stories of survivors and responders, highlighting their personal resilience and the relevance of 9/11 today.

Click here to watch the video. More information about the VOICES Internship Program is available here.

 

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