Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were in New York City last night to make an appearance at a private dinner to raise money for the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, a program he co-founded in 2002.
The program, based on principles developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, offers free treatment to emergency workers who suffer breathing difficulties and other health problems stemming from exposure to toxins at ground zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
“Nearly six years later, many are still paying a price for their heroic service at the World Trade Center. This is a profound injustice,” the 44-year-old actor said in a statement to The Associated Press. “This project has demonstrated that recovery is not only possible, but an incontrovertible fact.”
The program has treated 785 workers since its inception, said director Jim Woodworth. Each worker is given vitamins and nutritional counseling and participates in daily exercise and sauna sessions. The program takes about 30 days to complete, he said.
“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Tom,” Woodworth said.
According to Bahnken, “The majority of our members have reported an improvement in their quality of life.” Well who wouldn’t feel better after a sauna and a few vitamins?
More photos of TomKat on the streets of New York City after the jump.