Thursday, July 22, 2010
Vincent D’Onofrio to Participate in Detox Program with 9/11 Heroes
WENN has reported that Vincent D'Onofrio (Law & Order Criminal Intent) has signed up to participate in the detox program that firefighters and police officers who experienced the horrors and nightmares of 9/11 must undertake, in a show of his support and solidarity. Vincent’s stepfather was a fireman, and Vincent was among the first wave of celebrities asked to help raise morale at Ground Zero after the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York. As Vincent is between movies, he plans to spend much of August detoxing with one of the charity causes he regularly helps to raise funds for - The Heroes Health Project.
Vincent told WENN:
"One of the things that I always knew about my stepdad was he was so different than I was. I'm not that kind of a man. I don't go running into burning buildings when everybody else is running out. I run out too.
"These guys are exactly like him. They don't whine, they don't ask for help and they need it, so I try to ask for help for them.
When 9/11 happened, the U.S. Marshalls put together a list of people to come down to Ground Zero to help raise morale when they weren't finding anybody alive. I was on that list and all I did for 20-something hours was talk to them. I'm gonna go through the detox program with a bunch of firefighters and cops in New York just so I know what it's like.
It's a long, expensive thing that takes up to six or seven weeks to get through and I'm gonna do it. I heard it's pretty painful at times because releasing these toxins through their bodies puts them through a lot of pain to get it all out and it's a horror but I have some time now, so I think I'm gonna start the first week of next month.
I know some of the guys who went through it... who I talk to on the phone all the time and, to hear the journey that they've been on - falling ill and then recovering is amazing... I'm working very hard to try and do the right thing for these guys."
What a wonderful thing for Vincent to do! He's such a class act.
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