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Putting Our First Responders First

The foundation was established in memory of Ray, 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. Thousands of first responders around the country are currently battling 9/11 cancers and other illnesses. The number of people who will die from illnesses related to 9/11 is expected to surpass the number of victims killed on 9/11. 

Last summer the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11 Victim Compensation Act” was also passed to provide financial support for 9/11 responders, survivors and their families. While these bills are helpful, there are gaps and long waits to received compensation. The Ray Pfeifer Foundation is helping people right now. RPF provides home health and hospice care when insurance has limits, purchases motorized scooters, portable oxygen tanks, bed lifts, back braces, nutrition supplements, disposable underwear, hearing aids, compression garments, hyperbaric chamber therapy and so much more. 

If you are a first responder suffering from a 9/11 related illness and are interested in receiving help from the foundation, please click the button below and send a completed application to