HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Members of the 1986 Super Bowl champion New York Giants are taking part in a walk Sunday to benefit 9/11 first responders who are now sick because of the toxic dust following the attacks.

Former Giant George Martin started the Giant Steps for 9/11 Walk four years ago through his foundation, A Journey For 9/11.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

“To think of the human toll taken that day, almost 3,000 civilians, it still is an atrocity that I can’t get over,” Martin told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller.

Martin said the goal is to offer assistance to those who risked their lives running toward danger 11 years ago.

“We feel very good about the medical coverage that has been approved by Congress, particularly now that they’ve included cancers in those. But there’s still more to be done and we’re going to continue to do this walk until it’s eradicated,” Martin told Miller.

The New Jersey resident has raised about $5 million since 2007.

“Those are police officers, EMTS, all of those individuals who put their careers on the line to safeguard our freedoms. And that’s why it’s so important to me to make sure that we never forget the events of 9/11 and every year we have a walk to kind of commemorate that,” Martin told Miller.

Martin will lead about 300 participants in the seven-mile Giant Steps walk, which goes from the George Washington Bridge to Martin’s alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Five years ago, Martin walked cross-country to raise money and awareness for 9/11 first responders’ health. That walk also began at the George Washington Bridge and ended up in San Diego.

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