Hun figurerte på en av de mest ikoniske bilder av 9/11: Stan Hondas bilde av en kvinne som kommer ut helt dekket av gult støv. Hun ble Dust Lady. I virkeligheten het hun Marcy Borders og hadde sin første dag på jobb for Bank of America. washingtonpost.com

“There was a giant roar, like a train, and between the buildings I could see huge clouds of smoke and dust billowing out,” Honda recounted years later.

He ducked into a building lobby, where “a police officer was pulling people into the entrance to get them out of the danger.”

“A woman came in completely covered in gray dust,” Honda recalled in 2011. “You could tell she was nicely dressed for work and for a second she stood in the lobby. I took one shot of her before the police officer started to direct people up a set of stairs, thinking it would be safer off the ground level.”

Begivenheten endret Borders liv. Hun ble avhengig av crack cocain en periode. Først da Osama bin Laden ble drept, fant hun en slags ro. I fjor fikk hun diagnosen mavekreft.

Then, sickness struck: Borders received a diagnosis of stomach cancer last August, according to the Jersey Journal.

On Monday night, she died at the age of 42.

“My mom fought an amazing battle,” Noelle Borders told the New York Post. “Not only is she the ‘Dust Lady’ but she is my hero and she will forever live through me.”

Spørsmålet er om det var 9/11 som ga henne kreft. Noen mener det er for mange sammenfallende dødsfall:

But last September, just a month after Borders was diagnosed with cancer, three former members of the New York City fire department who had responded to the World Trade Center died on the same day. All three suffered from cancer.