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“FIRED UP for a CURE”: Anonymous Firefighter Gives $200,000

One of our firefighter clients was given a very significant award from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for his multiple WTC-linked cancers. Thankfully, he is in remission and financially secure. He told our law firm that because he feels so blessed, he wanted to help others in the 9/11 community who might not be so fortunate. But the donation had one selfless condition: he insisted on it being anonymous. He asked us to recommend an organization that helps sick responders.

We suggested that he make the donation to one that we have admired and supported for years, the FDNY Foundation’s “FIRED UP for a CURE”.

We were shocked when he told us that he had decided to donate more than half of his VCF award to this wonderful organization. The mission of “FIRED UP for a CURE” is primarily to help and inspire FDNY members and their families “who have lived with cancer, fought with cancer, survived cancer, or lost their battle with cancer”. We are incredibly touched by our client’s donation, and we are proud to have played a small role in directing this generous and anonymous gift to such a worthwhile cause. We were so inspired that we donated our fee in his case to the same wonderful organization.

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    Wow, just wow. What a great article and person! Keep up the great work you and your staff do. Thank you

    Thank you for all you do…
    I’m just a simple a Patriotic man who hung the 9/11 National Flag

    We are so blessed to have the many caring brothers and sisters. We all are blessed to have the representation of Barasch & McGarry supporting us. God Bless You All

    What an inspirational story that is especially needed in these times with lack of civility from our government. It restores my faith in humanity.

    Not only are we the Bravest, we are the most generous. Proud to be a member(albeit retired) of the greatest Fire Department in the world.

    Winston Churchill said “never before have so many owed so much to so few.” Thank you FDNY, NYPD and all first responders. Thank you Barasch & McGarry.

    Beautiful story, God bless him. All the best to him and his family. Also, thank you for your donation.

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