EDDIE RIVERA is a welder and sheetmetal worker who volunteered his skills as part of the Ground Zero search and rescue effort when the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001.
After volunteering his services, Eddie's health suffered a dramatic decline. He has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, asthma, sepsis, and PTSD. He recently had half of his left leg amputated due to a complication caused by the sepsis.
Eddie has no medical insurance and is Medicaid pending, which means that if he is not approved by Medicaid, all medical bills will come out of his pocket. Eddie is currently in the hospital waiting to be fitted for a prosthetic leg. His journey to full recovery is only now just beginning. He will endure weeks of physical therapy to learn how to walk again.
TUESDAY'S CHILDREN - FIRST RESPONDER ALLIANCE 501(c)(3) strives to provide First Responders and their families with services and programs to alleviate stress and other mental health concerns. The First Responder Alliance has many valuable partners which aim to address your families' urgent needs and provide a bridge to external physical and mental health services.
Tuesday's Children has found that when they connect their First Responder families to other members of the 9/11 community there is a profound and positive impact on collective healing - many of their programs assist families in forming connections, developing support systems and assisting families in coping with chronic mental and physical concerns.
First Responder Alliance Programs and Services:
ο Programs and counseling for 9/11 responders and their families
ο Wellness and enrichment programs for 9/11 responders and their families
ο Psycho-education programs for responders, spouses and children to
improve family dynamics, including communication, stress management,
parenting, self-esteem and healthy living