Sept. 11 hero evicted, along with 3 kids, after husband diagnosed with cancer

Posted at 4:07 PM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 09:42:11-04

NEW YORK — Karen Caycedo is a true New York hero. On Sept. 11, 2001, she did not think twice about saving the lives of so many children and what she did that day touched dozens of families and the world.

As so many were running from danger, Caycedo was watching toddlers from the Children's Discovery Day Care Center at 5 World Trade Center, across from the iconic skyscrapers.

In the middle of all the confusion, Caycedo, along with other daycare workers, kept it together. She helped shuttle children in shopping carts on the street, out of danger and to safety.

"It was a miracle. I'm glad I was able to help," Caycedo told PIX11 News Monday with tears in her eyes.

PIX11 reunited her with one of those toddlers -- now a teen -- last year.

He didn't remember that frightful day, but the world will never forget. And now it's Karen's turn to be helped.

Her husband has been diagnosed with cancer. She and her family were evicted from their home due to mounting medical bills and is fighting paycheck to paycheck to support her three children.

Her medical bills don't cover all the expenses and her husband is too sick to work.

This hero needs our help.

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