First Responders Helping First Responders

Your generous donations help us accomplish our goals.

We’re here to help first responders sick with 9/11 related illnesses.

Our Mission

Putting First Responders First

The Ray Pfeifer Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to assisting September 11th first responders with medical needs not covered by insurance. The foundation was established in memory of Ray Pfeifer, a NYC firefighter who died on May 28, 2017 from 9/11 cancer. Ray never stopped putting the needs of others before his own. He was a leading force in lobbying to extend the Zadroga Act through 2090, ensuring health care coverage for 75,000 people who need, or will need, treatment for health conditions developed as a direct result of 9/11 exposure.

"Do the right thing, even when no one is looking."

- Ray Pfeifer

Our Vision

We Help Those Who Helped Others

The foundation’s purpose is to assist 9/11 first responders with medical needs not covered by insurance. Your donations are helping us provide home oxygen therapy, portable oxygen packs, home health aides, hospice care, motorized scooters, CPAP machines, back braces, nutrition supplements, disposable underwear, hearing aids, compression garments, hyperbaric chamber therapy, bed lifts, air mattresses and more. Thank you! We’re here for our heroes who have sacrificed so much.
The Ray Pfeifer Foundation Donates Wheelchairs and Scooters to First Responders
Ontario Fire for the Ray Pfeifer Foundation
Ray Pfeifer Key to NY City

"My dad was killed on 9/11/01. He and Ray were good friends. When Ray got sick, I know my dad would’ve helped him. It was my turn to step up and be there for my father’s friend, just like he would’ve done for my dad. Ray’s will to fight, until the very last day, continues to resonate with me."

- Chris Howard

Vice President, The Ray Pfeifer Foundation
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RPF Family,

As a nation we are entering unchartered waters. The ripple effects of Covid—19 are impacting every aspect of our lives. The 9/11 community not only remains at high risk for the virus, but our WTC healthcare system has been paused. With office visits and annual medicals being postponed, it is more important than ever that we pay attention to our own bodies. As you know, annual medicals play a vital role in diagnosing new illnesses and diseases. Many of those who have beaten 9/11 related cancer credit the early detection at their medicals as the reason for survival. I’m sure the WTC Health Program and the FDNY WTC Health Program will get going as soon as it is possible. Until then, please take the proper precautions and call your doctor if something doesn’t seem right.

It saddens me to say that our RPF board has members who have tested positive for the virus. They are recovering and remain committed to our mission. We will continue to serve 9/11 first responders to the best of our ability. Just this week we were able to assist an FDNY EMT with medical needs not covered by the program. We are also finishing up construction on a wheelchair ramp for an FDNY member battling cancer.

Our thoughts remain with all those affected by this virus. With no discernible end in sight, it’s as important as ever that we continue to do what we do best—take care of each other. If you or a loved one is in need of assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our application is available on our website. Please call with any questions. If you are able and willing to help us continue our mission you can donate directly on our website. I know these are trying times for us all, but every little bit helps. Hugs to all!

Rob Serra

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