NESCONSET - A Long Island man who battled to get medical coverage after getting injured at Ground Zero has turned a personal struggle in his life's mission.

John Feal, a demolition expert who was injured when a steel beam smashed his foot while working at Ground Zero, runs the Feal Good Foundation from his home in Nesconset and is dedicated to helping first responders who became sick from toxic dust after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Feal made more than 90 trips to Washington and finally, last year, he pushed lawmakers to pass the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides more than $4 billion in health care to first responders.