9/11 victims, with Jon Stewart's help, gather on Capitol Hill for health coverage funding

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9/11 Victims to Rally in Washington D.C. For Health Coverage Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The fight is a matter of life and death for tens of thousands of first responders who depend on health coverage.

It was a fight in 2010 and is still is today, as funding is set out to run out next month.

That's why scores of first responders are headed to Washington D.C. to lobby legislators for more funding.

See how Americans commemorated 9/11 this year:

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9/11 victims, with Jon Stewart's help, gather on Capitol Hill for health coverage funding
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and others, pause on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, as they observe a moment of silence to mark the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Zachary Ellicott, a firefighter in Stanhope, NJ, Mitch Ellicott, a lieutenant with the Sussex County Sherrif's office and father to Zach and Benjamin, and Benjamin Ellicott, a firefighter in Stanhope, NJ, take a moment to remember a family member lost in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, on September 11, 2015 in New York City. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A U.S. flag is draped on the side of the Pentagon, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, where the building was attacked on September 11th in 2001, on the 14th anniversary of the attack. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Law enforcement officials stand at attention during a singing of the national anthem during an anniversary ceremony commemorating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on September 11, 2015 in New York City. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Yachiyo Kuge, the mother of Toshiya Kuge, of Japan, who was a passenger on Flight 93, carries a lantern to place at her daughter's name on the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Thursday, Sept 10, 2015. The new $26 million visitors’ complex is expected to draw a larger crowd than normal for the 14th anniversary observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Elena Lazar (R), who lost her son, Eugene Gabriel Lazar, in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, is comforted by her son's at-the-time girlfriend Siu Chong, on September 11, 2015 in New York City. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: A man walks past a row of American flags that have been lowered to half staff on the Washington Monument grounds, near the US Capitol on September 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Today marks the fourteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks when terroristists high jacked airliners and flew them in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter lays a wreath during an observance ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial September 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The nation remembered the lives that were lost in the 9/11 attacks on its 14th anniversary. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATO forces observes a moment of silence during a memorial ceremony on the fourteenth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States at the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Paul Bloess, of Levittown, NY, holds his son, Maxavater Bloess, age 10, in a moment of silence at the 9-11 memorial site on September 11, 2015 in New York City. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A family member of a 9/11 victim attends the14th Anniversary ceremony at the 9/11 memorial on September 11, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand attend the 14th Anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks at the 9/11 memorial on September 11, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Army Sgt. Edwin Morales prays during a ceremony at the World Trade Center site in New York on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. With a moment of silence and somber reading of names, victims' relatives began marking the 14th anniversary of Sept. 11 in a subdued gathering Friday at ground zero.(AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, joined by White House staff, stand as Taps is played on the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, at the White House on September 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Today marks the fourteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks when terroristists high jacked airliners and flew them in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
A group holds flags as they prepare to run while they stand inside the "Empty Sky" memorial to New Jersey's victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, early Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
The names are seen on the "Empty Sky" memorial to New Jersey's victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as One World Trade Center, center left, stands on the 14th anniversary, early Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J. Victims' relatives began marking the 14th anniversary of Sept. 11 in a subdued gathering Friday at ground zero, with a moment of silence and somber reading of names. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Gary Mascitis, age 14, remembers his uncle during an anniversary ceremony commemorating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on September 11, 2015 in New York City. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Port Authority Police officers prepare to present an American flag that survived the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, during an anniversary ceremony on September 11, 2015 in New York City. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
People walk amongst US national flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, at their campus in Malibu, California on September 10, 2015. The students placed some 3,000 flags in the ground in tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims lost in the attacks almost 14 years ago. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., participate in a memorial service Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, as the nation marks the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
SHANKSVILLE, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: A visitor views a display at the visitor center at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 10, 2015 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The newly opened $26 million visitor center complex was dedicated in honor of the victims of Flight 93 on the evening of the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
A NATO service member takes part in a memorial ceremony on the fourteenth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States at the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: An American flag sits posted at the 9-11 Memorial site on September 11, 2015 in New York City. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Lower Manhattan is viewed on September 11, 2015 in New York City. Throughout the nation people are holding somber gatherings and memorial events to reflect on the 14-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that resulted in the loss of nearly 3,000 people. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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About 100 firefighters left Manhattan earlier this morning and are headed for a rally outside the Capitol with former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart.

Stewart has been championing this cause before the James Zadroga Act was first passed four years ago.

It's a lifeline for 72,000 first responders who are monitored for illnesses associated with working at Ground Zero for months.

To date, over 33,000 responders and survivors are battling injuries from 9/11 and thousands more are expected.

These numbers are staggering: nearly 42,000 first responders have 9/11 related cancer, according to the CDC.

More than 85 NYPD members and 131 FDNY personnel have died from those illnesses since the terror attacks.

More police officers have died from their diseases than on the day itself.

And these heroes continue to lose their battles as two more funerals were held in the past week.

But their brothers and sisters are hoping for an important victory in Washington D.C. to urge lawmakers to pass a bill extending the funding source, indefinitely.

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