- CHARITY BENEFIT
As September descends upon New York City, fashion reigns and new shows open, but we will remember for the rest of our lives, the tragedy that this month has seared into our souls. The World Trade Center buildings are being rebuilt, as tourists sit on the names so tragically lost, and we have recovered, or have we?
In the hazy glow of the aftermath, thousands of responders and people in the area have became ill due to the toxic exposures of 9/11. Hundreds have died due to their illnesses, without help, spending their last days fighting for relief. Families and loved ones are left behind to deal with the debris of hospital bills as their own health fails. They are still battling a system that has failed them. My friend, Valerie Shakesphere, was one of those who lost her life. Her husband Terry goes on without her and still fights a system to continue his survival. Thousands more suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as memories refuse to go away. Eleven years later, time has not healed everything.
T2C remembers, and still grieves for the lives lost, the hope tarnished and the families who bravely get through each day. Al Feinberg. Dave Wooley. Jose Guadalupe. Ed Geraghty. Chris Santora. Joe Angelini. John Tipping. Carl Asaro. Mike Haub. Mike Brennan. Mike Lynch. Paul Gil. Len Ragaglia. Sam Oitice. Dan O’Callaghan. These are the names of the firefighters at Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9, also known as Broadway’s firehouse and they are the 15 brothers lost. We will always remember you.