About George Martin’s "a Journey for 9/11"

By any standard, George Martin’s Journey was a remarkable feat. The attention he brought to the plight of thousands of ailing rescue and recovery workers of Ground Zero was surely instrumental in the passage of the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act. George is a Giant of a man, and it was my honor to work alongside him to achieve justice and secure care for a vast community of selfless and courageous Americans.

U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney

 

In the NFL and other sports, when it comes to players, the word ‘leader’ is often overused, however George Martin truly was and still is a leader to this day. I played football with George on the New York Giants for 10 years. With the Giants, George was a leader not just in the locker room, but on and off the field as well. He was a big brother to many players, a father to others and a friend to all. Sometimes he acted like a high school guidance counselor, helping coach players on the field, but also aiding players to keep or get their personal lives in order. When I was a player, I probably took the role he played for granted, but as I look back now as a commentator and see the dynamic of NFL teams today, I realize just how important George's role was and what a shame it is that so many teams do not have a natural leader like him to fill it. I was not at all surprised when I heard George was going to walk across America to help support the rescue and recovery workers of 9/11. It was typical George and typically the way he has led his life, leading and helping others every chance he gets.

Phil Simms, Retired New York Giants Quarterback and Current Commentator, The NFL on CBS

 

Anyone working on 9/11 witnessed indescribable destruction and despair, as well as tremendous acts of gallantry and heroism. Emergency workers were lauded by elected officials in the days after 9/11, but their unique needs became ensnared in red tape that extended all the way to Washington. When George Martin walked across America, every step he took and the pain from every callous that he endured was for them. George never forgot the true heroes of 9/11, and they and their families will never forget him. By any standard of measure, George is a true American hero.

Sgt. Ed Mullins, a 32-year NYPD veteran and president of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association

 

George Martin’s Journey is one of the most uplifting and inspiring stories to emerge from the ashes of 9/11, and provides valuable, timeless lessons for young and old alike. In ways that extend far beyond the events of 9/11, his singular, monumental achievement for those in need teaches us about the potential of the human spirit, and about the limitlessness of what determined, caring people can accomplish.

Alice Greenwald, Executive Vice President for Programs
and Director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum

 

George Martin’s Journey astounds on every level, and set a new standard for selflessness and generosity in the wake of America’s national tragedy. Working relentlessly to help save and extend the lives of true heroes, his Journey should be admired and studied as a great act of heroism in its own right.

Jay S. Winuk, Co-founder, 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance,
/11 family member, Director of communications for A Journey for 9/11

 

George Martin ranks high among the heroic leaders who stepped forward with passion and action to make a real difference for the rescue and recovery workers of Ground Zero. From every perspective, his Journey was a monumental achievement. The world surely could use more like George Martin.

John Feal, Founder and President, The FealGood Foundation

 

After 2 weeks at Ground Zero, I had something going on with my breathing. One day after a fire, it all came crashing down for me. I ended up in the hospital with smoke inhalation and was forced to retire. I had anticipated doing 30 years on the job. Mr. Martin’s Journey for 9/11 sponsored my treatment through the NY Rescue Workers Detox Program. It gave me the opportunity to open a new chapter in my life. I won't be held back by breathing issues, and it’s helped me spiritually and with my family. Me getting a chance to thank you personally is something that's not taken lightly. You've set a standard for all Americans, and I thank you for helping us through this difficult time period. I appreciate your personal dedication to getting us well and whole again. Thank you

Greg Parr, 19-year FDNY firefighter

 

There are really not enough words to describe what George did for people affected by 9/11. It wasn’t just the funds he raised, although they were wonderful and we put them to good use for responders. It was more the sense that, with every step he took, more of our country and the world understood the pain this event had caused and felt the need to do something about it.

Dr. Michael Crane, Deputy Director of the Mount Sinai
WTC Monitoring and Treatment Program