Sun, Oct 23|
Surviving 9/11: A New York High School Student's Story
Lila Nordstrom witnessed 9/11 just blocks away from her classroom window. Lila became an activist when she and her classmates suffered severe health issues in the aftermath of 9/11.
Time & Location
Oct 23, 2022, 3:00 PM PDT
Los Angeles, 100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Join Lila Nordstrom discussing her memoir, Some Kids Left Behind, with UCLA health policy expert Corrina Moucheraud.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Lila Nordstrom was a senior at Stuyvesant High School, which sat blocks away from the World Trade Center. She and her fellow students felt the building shake and witnessed the explosion when hijacked Flight 11 was flown into the North Tower. Five years later, one of Nordstrom's classmates was diagnosed with cancer and believed it to be 9/11-related.
Lila is the founder of StuyHealth, an advocacy group representing former students who were in lower Manhattan during 9/11 and the resulting cleanup. In June 2019, she testified before the House Judiciary Committee on behalf of the estimated three hundred thousand NYC community members eligible for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, and in December 2019, she was awarded New York City’s Bronze Medallion, New York City’s highest civic honor, for her role in the Zadroga Act renewal efforts.
Lila's memoir Some Kids Left Behind, praised by Senator Kirsten Gillirband and Jon Stewart, chronicles her 20-year battle to ensure permanent funding for the health needs of 9/11 survivors.
Arrive early to view our temporary exhibition by A. Thomas Schomberg, 9/11 Sculptures, Vignettes of Emotion. In which the world-renowned artist explores the raw and vulnerable journey of emotions of 9/11 through his figurative columns.
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