Lila Nordstrom

Peter Haskell/WCBS 880

9/11 Victims Fund To Cover Students, Residents Thanks To Stuyvesant Alum

July 25, 2019 - 1:01 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump is expected to sign legislation that will replenish and make permanent the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which will cover more than just first responders.

According to WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell, less than a month after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, students were back at Stuyvesant High School in the shadow of the twin towers.

“It was basically a toxic waste dump,” says mother Carla Nordstrom.

Nordstrom’s daughter, Lila, was starting her senior year at the school that year. Now she, and a number of her classmates are in their 30s and have been diagnosed with 9/11-related illnesses.

“It was horrible. You couldn't breathe. It was so, the stench and, the, it was a very acid kind of smell,” said Nordstrom.

Her daughter led a number of trips to Capitol Hill and even testified before the House Judiciary Committee with first responders to fight to include students and residents in the 9/11 bill.

“I can't tell you how proud I am of her. If she hadn't gotten involved in this and started StuyHealth at the time she did, I'm not sure any of the students would have been included in this because they came from all over the city,” Nordstrom said.

A number of classmates have credited Lila’s advocacy for getting them covered by the Victim Compensation Fund.

Both the Senate and the House overwhelmingly approved the bill that will extend the fund for an additional 70 years this month. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law on Monday.