WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — Retired New York City firefighter Ray Pfeifer worked on the pile at Ground Zero. Now he’s working to stay alive, living with advanced kidney cancer since 2009.
“I am the luckiest Stage 4 cancer guy out there,” he said. “I can’t complain. I have 14 more years than my friends did.”READ MORE: Officials: Long Beach Island Teen Nights Behind COVID Outbreak Of At Least 20 Cases
As CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported, Pfeifer is one of more than 72,000 people enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides medical monitoring and treatment for sick 9/11 first responders, workers and residents.