Every few months I get an email or letter from my friends at the World Trade Center Health Registry. The last email came just a few days ago and the topic is "WTC HR Survey Reminder." As some of you know I am officially a World Trade Center survivor. I'm not a first responder, but I am one of the tens of thousands who worked or lived in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001 and spent time there in the months that followed. Each year I fill out a survey form discussing my health and from time to time have gone to the WTC Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for treatment. I have been treated with consideration and professionalism and am very appreciative for the care that I have received.
I remember exactly where I was on September 11, 2001. I can remember each moment as clearly as if it all took place last week. It is almost as though the memories have become part of my DNA and are present in each cell of my body.
As you know this is not a political blog and I have no intention of discussing politics often, if again this year. However, in the shadow of all of the memories is the certitude that first responders deserve medical coverage for cancer. The petition is bipartisan, sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans. Congress Member Carolyn Maloney originally sponsored the Zagroda Act and represents part of Upper Manhattan.
As always, I thank everyone who remembered those of us in New York, at the Pentagon and those on flights 93 and 77. I was moved by the outpouring of caring and concern and strengthened by the sight of the National Guard members who arrived in the earliest days after September 11. Thank you all for continuing to care and remember. On this weekend of remembering let us remember and honor some of the bravest people anywhere, the first responders of September 11. G'd bless them and keep them well.