Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2019.175.5
Dimensions: 27 ½ in X 52 in
Dimensions (Metric): 68.58 cm X 132.08 cm
Credit Line: Gift of John Feal
Blue long-sleeved shirt that features the FealGood Foundation logo on the upper left breast: a silhouette of recovery workers superimposed over a graphic map of the United States and an American flag. "FealGood | Foundation" is printed below the logo. The right sleeve features printed white text that reads: "FEALGOOD FOUNDATION.” On the back of the T-shirt, the word "RELENTLESS" appears in red, white, and blue with the outline of recovery workers silhouetted above the text.
Demolition worker John Feal was injured days after arriving at Ground Zero, resulting in the amputation of part of a foot. Initially denied compensation he believed he was due, Feal became a grassroots advocate for responders, recovery workers, and survivors facing illness and mounting medical expenses. The FealGood Foundation, established in 2005 to raise funds on behalf of recovery workers, championed the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act of 2015, and finally the "Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act" in 2019.