T-Shirts for C.J.
When she called her mother as smoke rose around her on the 104th floor at 1 World Trade Center, Jacquelyn Sanchez said she was scared, that she could hardly breathe. Then she asked for her baby.
"She asked me 'Where's my baby?' " her mother, Kim Coleman, said. "I told her, 'I have your baby. Just get out of there.' "
At 23, Ms. Sanchez had a baby boy, Cedric Pitt Jr., a full-time job as compliance assistant with Cantor Fitzgerald and a strong desire to be a criminal defense lawyer. She attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice on weekends in pursuit of a bachelor's degree and planned to go to law school, her mother said. "That was my child," Ms. Coleman said. "She felt like she needed to save the world."
Ms. Sanchez lived with her son and boyfriend in Manhattan. She had planned a big first birthday celebration for her son, who turned 1 year old on Sept. 17. She had sent out 50 invitations, hired a clown, ordered a cake and had T-shirts made. When the day came, a smaller scale party took place in a hallway of her building with children from the neighborhood. There was no clown but they still got the T-shirts. They read: "I partied at C.J.'s first birthday."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 1, 2001.