Former Giant George Martin started the Giant Steps for 9/11 Walk four years ago through his foundation, A Journey For 9/11. The New Jersey resident has raised about $5 million since 2007.
The federal government is now saying that cancer-striken Ground Zero 9/11 responders will not benefit from the Zadroga Act.
It isn’t just first responders who will benefit from the James Zadroga 9/11 health bill, but also those who lived in Lower Manhattan.
The 9/11 health bill has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, but remains stalled in the U.S. Senate.
Critics questioned whether the bill is affordable and does enough to ensure that only people with illnesses related to trade center dust get help.
Senate Republicans have blocked a bill to aid people who got sick after exposure to dust from the World Trade Center’s collapse.
Zadroga, a New York City police officer and first responder, died in 2006 from a respiratory disease contracted while working at Ground Zero.
360 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress passed the War Hazards Compensation Act. It has now been over nine years since the attacks of 9/11.
There is now one month left in the Congressional session, and one more month to pass the 9/11 health bill to provide medical care for sickened Ground Zero responders.
Supporters of the 9/11 health bill feel they need just one more vote for the measure to pass in the U.S. Senate.