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9/11 Rescue Workers Bike To Benefit Victims' Families

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More than 400 World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers revved up their motorcycles Saturday morning to help families of the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The seventh annual Independence Ride kicked off at the corner of Church and Vesey Streets in Lower Manhattan after a blessing of the bikes. The ride wrapped up with a barbecue in Rockland County.

The event benefits Tuesday's Children, an organization providing services and programs to the families of 9/11 victims.

The group's president says he expects about $10,000 to be raised.

"But, it's more than the money. It's the camaraderie that exists here," said Tuesday's Children President Carmine Calzonetti. "It's a good feeling. It's a great time and it's a way for these people here to give back to us and it's a way for us to demonstrate we really appreciate it."

The ride is also about reuniting rescue and recovery workers with the men and women they worked alongside for so many months.

"For months, a year, we worked down here and we met a lot of families," explained organizer Greg Nolan. "The people that participate in this understand that this ride supports those families that lost people."

"Normally, on September 11th we'll see each other, but everybody's mindset on that day is horrible, so this is more of a good day," said participant Liz Carvaja. "It's sunny; you can enjoy the ride."

The money raised will also help the Anderson House, a treatment program in New Jersey for women recovering from alcoholism.
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