Marcy Borders, 9/11 Survivor In Iconic ‘Dust Lady’ Photo, Dies Of Stomach Cancer At 42

Photo: AFP Photo/Stan Honda

Photo: AFP Photo/Stan Honda

After the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001, Marcy Borders rose from the ashes and lived to tell about it. Photographed covered head to toe in white debris, the woman the world came to know as ‘The Dust Lady’ in the haunting photo died in 2015 from stomach cancer, according to family reports. Borders was 42.

Noelle Borders, Marcy’s daughter, told CNN in a phone interview that her mother had been battling stomach cancer since last year. “My mom fought enemies in battle and I just loved her so much,” Noelle Borders told CNN. “She will always live through me.”

Other family member expressed their grief on social media. “I can’t believe my sister is gone,” Michael Borders, her brother, posted to Facebook.

Stomach (gastric) cancer is a rare form of cancer, ranking as the 16th most common cancer in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute. Rates of stomach cancer are higher in African Americans (and Hispanics) than in non-Hispanic whites.

Although there is not a standard or routine screening test for stomach cancer, the American Cancer Society lists the following as common risk factors: