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Son of Late Ground Zero Worker Makes Health-Care Plea

Son of Late Ground Zero Worker Makes Health-Care Plea

Associated Press
February 1, 2007

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 -- The son of a Ground Zero rescue worker who died last week of lung disease met with President Bush on Wednesday to urge expansion of health services for those still fighting illnesses.

"On behalf of all World Trade Center victims, I expressed the urgency and the desperate need for financial support for health services," said Ceasar Borja Jr., 21.

He said he told the president that the funding should be expanded not just for "the heroes and heroines" who risked their lives to save victims under the twin towers, but also for people exposed to the fumes because they lived or worked in the area.

Borja's father, Cesar Borja, was a police officer who worked 14-hour days in the smoldering pit after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. He was 52 and awaiting a lung transplant when he died.(link)

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