On September 11, 2001 I was on my way to contest a parking ticket in a building right by the World Trade Center. Fortunately I got a late start downtown and when the first plane hit, I went back to my apartment. I saw e firsfirst tower falll from my rooftop and I hopped on my motorcycle to head downtown, as I had friends who worked there and an aunt who lives nearby. I was somewhere below Chambers Street when the second tower fell and saw the cloud of debris headed my way, but was able to get out of the area.
That whole summer I had been working to get back in shape after having gained 40 lbs as a banking analyst. I would regularly use my then-roommate's Stairmaster as part of my regime. Following 9/11, I would often climb the same number of stairs in the towers in memory and honor of the rescue workers who ran into the buildings that day.
This challenge provides an opportunity to raise funds in support of them in the same fashion. Thank you in advance for your support.
About the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
The Siller Family started the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory of their brother, Stephen, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001. The Foundation was built upon the mantra, “while we have time, LET US DO GOOD,” and continues Stephen’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and service members.
Firefighter Stephen Siller lost his life while saving others. In his memory, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation developed the In the Line of Duty Program to honor the heroes that risk their lives every day. To date, the Foundation has spent over $100 million supporting the military and fallen first responders and their families. Our newest addition, the Gold Star Family Home Program, honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country by providing the surviving spouses and young children with a brand new, mortgage-free home.
The Smart Home Program provides mortgage-free smart homes to our most catastrophically injured service members. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual.
Finally, the Fallen First Responder Home Program pays off the remaining mortgages for families left behind when a firefighter or police officer is killed in the line of duty. Upon hearing news of the tragic loss of a first responder, Tunnel to Towers deploys a rapid response team to immediately provide support to the family.
Your hard work on behalf of the Foundation helps us provide the support the families of our military and first responders so desperately need.
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