Welcome to the Code 3 for a Cure website. I am happy to say that we had a great quarterly Board of Directors meeting in February. The Board confirmed the appointment of Firefighter Jon Hernandez as Code 3's Public Information Officer. Jon is a two-time cancer survivor with a genuine passion to help our brothers and sisters across the nation as they battle cancer, and we are proud to welcome him to the team.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the firefighter athletes who are giving their all to bring attention to the cause, including: our National Ambassador Katrina Silvia (FL); Cielo Acosta (WA); Jamie Champion (GA); Alex Murray (SC); Rick Van Tuyl (CA); July Miller-Lane (AZ); Jake Sinkiewicz (NC); Jeffrey Carter (NY); and all the other Warriors who are putting forth tremendous efforts for Code 3. We are also thankful for the locals and associations who have shown great support by generously contributing, especially: Torrance Firefighters Association Local 1138 (CA); Garden Grove Firefighters Local 2005 (CA); Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 (CA); Jones County Fire Council (MS); East Valley Firefighter Charities Foundation (AZ); and Grant County Volunteer Firefighters Association (WA). Thanks to their support and that of individual athletes and donors, as well as fundraising events such as Mo-Hawk Less Cancer and the Code 3 Boot Camp, the Foundation continues to disburse checks to firefighters across the country who are battling cancer and facing a financial hardship. We are very thankful and proud to be able to say that, since we began issuing funds in June 2012, we have not had to turn away any firefighter who has requested financial assistance, nor have we had to initiate a waiting list.
WANTED: CORPORATE SPONSORS. Yes, we are still seeking corporate sponsorship for 2014. Any company or corporation interested in helping us continue to help firefighters battling cancer can call us at (909) 732-8102 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, you can refer to our "Become a Corporate Hero" Sponsorship Portfolio on our Publications page. We are also seeking sponsorship for our 2014 Mission of Honor and Hope. We are currently developing the itinerary, and have tentatively scheduled the kickoff for June 13, 2014. This year's Mission will include a fundraising campaign as we travel across America in the Code 3 fire engine. Any fire department interested in hosting the Code 3 team as we share our cancer survivor stories of hope can contact us at email@example.com so that we can add you to the itinerary.
We are continually seeking firefighters and citizens who would like to join our cause. Although we do not provide monetary sponsorship to individual athletes or groups, we do provide them with Code 3 items as they raise funds, and we also promote them on our website and social media pages as well, with their permission. We are deeply grateful for those firefighter and other athletes across the country who have joined our cause, and we are fortunate that many are being added to our roster of Athletic Warriors. Visit our Athletes page to learn how you can fundraise for Code 3. Once you do, you will receive rewards based on the amount of funds you raise. You can also write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free introductory packet. Some firefighter athletes have chosen to compete in their firefighting gear as a visual to call attention to the fact that the protective gear firefighters wear in their firefighting duties isn't always enough to protect them from toxic environments that cause cancer.
Reminder: Any firefighter who has been diagnosed with cancer and is in need of financial assistance can call us at (909) 732-8102 or email us at: email@example.com for the financial assistance application form, as well as information on the criteria for receiving assistance. Funds are issued based on level of funding available. There is no requirement on the part of recipients to repay the funds issued, and they can reapply six months from the date of issuance. Learn about firefighter cancer rates and why issuing funds to firefighters battling cancer is a major aspect of Code 3's purpose.
In closing, I would like to send out prayers to those who are struggling with this terrible disease called cancer. I pray that one day a cure will be found for all cancer. Blessings of good health to everyone.
3-time Cancer Survivor and
Code 3 for a Cure Foundation