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A 9/11 Hero Needs Your Help…Now!

Heather Langone May 10, 2013

When the country needed Steve Bonano, he raced to the twin towers without a second thought. A first responder during the 9/11 terror attacks, Bonano worked there tirelessly for weeks. Now 50 year old Chief Steve Bonano needs you, his fellow Americans, to step up in his hour of need.  Said his employer Forest City Executive Chairman Bruce Ratner in an article in the Daily News,

Chief Steve Bonano served this city with the NYPD for many years. Now it’s our turn to serve him.

When the country needed Bonano, he wasted no time. Now this retired NYPD cop is battling a rare form of blood cancer and it is possibly tied to exposure at Ground Zero.

In need a bone marrow transplant, his employer is begging donors to come forward in a battle for this man’s life. Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, his comrades hosted a donor drive in Brooklyn. However, they have asked that if you were not able to make it to Brooklyn that you go to register as a bone marrow donor online at www.deletebloodcancer.org/register.

Douglas Zeigler, former chief of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau and friend of the former deputy chief and one-time Navy, said:

He loved to help people in distress. That was his passion.

Not only was Bonano a first responder and a worker at Ground Zero, but he then took that knowledge to help improve the city’s emergency response system when he became the commander of the department’s Emergency Service Unit.

Notably, according to a recent study by the Mount Sinai Medical Center’s World Trade Center Helath Program and reported by the Daily News, Cancer among 9/11 responders is 15% higher than among people not exposed to the toxic chemicals emitted at the Ground Zero site—-although any correlation is still disputed by some physicians.

Chief Steve Bonano didn’t think about his own well-being when thousands of lives depended on his heroism. Don’t we at least owe him a chance at life? For more information you may also visit the Facebook page Delete Blood Cancer.

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