October 1, 2010
Retired NFL great George Martin, who walked from New York to San Diego in 2007-08 to help thousands of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers with serious medical conditions, is hitting the road once again. On Sunday, October 17, 2010, Martin will lead an assembly of former New York Giants and other NFL alumni, 9/11 first responders and others in the 2nd Annual “Giant Steps for 9/11” Walk and Family Fun Day to raise funds for thousands of Ground Zero first responders.
“The care of our 9/11 first responders is a national problem and an American responsibility,” said Martin, co-captain of the Super Bowl XXI Champion New York Giants (1986), who formed a Journey for 9/11 Foundation at the completion of his cross-country trek. “Government funding and insurance policies do not adequately cover the substantial cost of the care these people desperately need. As Americans, we must do more. We cannot turn our backs on those who answered the call and now suffer with serious medical conditions.”
Beginning at 9 a.m., the 2nd Annual Giant Steps for 9/11 Walk is a family friendly, 10-mile walk from the George Washington Bridge to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (“FDU”) Hackensack’s campus. For less adventurous walkers, a shorter four-mile walk will start at approximately 10:45 a.m. at Hackensack University Medical Center and end at FDU. Following the walk event, a Family Fun Day for all registrants will commence on the FDU campus.
Registration for the walk event is $35 per person. Advance registration is recommended and can be completed in advance at www.ajourneyfor911.info or by calling 877-WALK-911. Registered walkers will receive commemorative t-shirts and admission to the Family Fun Day. The day will include a special Tailgate Lunch, games and others family friendly activities, information and health exhibits, musical entertainment and the opportunity to join NFL alumni to watch that day’s New York Giants game against the Detroit Lions live on a large auditorium screenon the campus.
Proceeds will support a Journey for 9/11 Foundation as it helps 9/11 first responders obtain medical care at Hackensack University Medical Center (NJ), North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Systems (NY), and the Mt. Sinai Medical Center (NY). All three institutions have agreed to a dollar-for-dollar match in medical services for all funds donated to the hospitals by the foundation.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.ajourneyfor911.info or call 877-WALK-911.