Fundraiser to be held for 9/11 first responder

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A fundraiser is being held this Sunday for a former Peekskill police detective who fell ill after working at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Charlie Wassil, 50, is one of thousands of first responders who are suffering from illnesses caused by breathing in toxic dust at Ground Zero.

Wassil is says he's suffering from neuro sarcoidosis, which at one point, made him completely paralyzed. He says the only treatment that saved him from life-long paralysis costs him $7,000 for each treatment.

Wassil says his workman's compensation refused to pay for treatments since the drug was not approved for his condition. He says he started paying out of pocket but still needs 12 more treatments this year.

For more information on the fundraiser for Wassil, click here.

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