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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

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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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