The 9/11 first responder who has undergone 69 chemo treatments to fight cancer he got for his service at ground zero is in hospice care.
Luis Alvarez is only 53 has been battling the cancer that is the result of the days and weeks spent at ground zero in New York City.
The gaunt former NYPD detective shared the bad news yesterday on Facebook with a determined attitude. “Hello everyone, I’m still here and still fighting.”
He then explained his liver had shut down due to the tumors and his body was filled with ammonia. “So now I’m resting and I’m at peace. I will continue to fight until the Good Lord decides it’s time.”
Alvarez added that if he can, he will do a few more interviews to keep the spotlight on the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund and Congress’ need to continue authorizing spending for it.
He gave a blunt statement to lawmakers as he testified alongside Jon Stewart. “You made me come down here the day before my 69th round of chemo and I’m going to make sure that you never forget to take care of the 9/11 responders.” Alvarez got a standing ovation in the chamber after speaking. As he should have.
The House and Senate have yet to vote on the bill, but in the House, it has 322 sponsors which pretty much guarantee the funding for the VCF will pass.
Source:New York Post