GILLIBRAND: Everyone said the 9/11 health bill couldn't get done.
JOHN FEAL, 9/11 FIRST RESPONDER: But Senator Gillibrand took on the fight by working with 9/11 responders and their families.
JENNIFER MCNAMARA, WIDOW OF 9/11 FIRST RESPONDER: My husband, John, was a firefighter who dug through the rubble at the World Trade Center.
FEAL: For Kirsten, it was never a Democratic or a Republican issue. For her, it was personal.
MCNAMARA: John had recently died of cancer, and I know that he was sitting on Kirsten's shoulder when she got that bill passed.
GILLIBRAND: It was because of their courage that we passed the bill.
FEAL: When everyone else gave up on us, she never did.
GILLIBRAND: I'm Kirsten Gillibrand, and I approve this message.