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KEVIN OLDHAM'S ETERNAL MESSAGE


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MO-HAWK LESS CANCER
MOTORCYCLE RIDE & JAM
IN MEMORY OF KEVIN OLDHAM
September 6, 2014



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UPDATES


FALLBROOK FIREFIGHTERS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
HAPPENS TOMORROW
Posted August 26, 2014

Click here for a great news piece by CBS 8 San Diego on the FALLBROOK FIREFIGHTERS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT, taking place tomorrow, to benefit Code 3 for a Cure, MitoAction, and Foundation for Senior Care-Fallbrook. Join us at The Golf Club of California, 3742 Flowerwood Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028, and stop by our booth while you're there! View the event flier here.

CELINE DION SHOWS HER SUPPORT
Posted August 25, 2014

Click here to see a special show of support from Celine Dion. Thank you, Celine, for supporting Code 3 for a Cure and the Mo-Hawk Less Cancer Benefit!

C3FAC HELMET TO BE AUCTIONED AT
FALLBROOK FIREFIGHTERS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Posted August 20, 2014

Fire Helmet photoWe delivered the C3FAC fire helmet to the San Diego Chargers today, who will be placing their signatures alongside William Shatner’s. The helmet will be auctioned off at the Fallbrook Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament next Wednesday, August 27. Thank you, Mr. Shatner, and thank you, Chargers! Special shout-out and thanks to Phenix Fire Helmets for their continued incredible support and for providing the fire helmet, and to the Fallbrook Firefighters for putting on this great charity golf event!

SPECIAL THANK YOU'S FROM FIREFIGHTERS
RESULTING FROM 2013 MO-HAWK LESS CANCER EVENT
Posted August 18, 2014

With less than three weeks to go until the 2014 MO-HAWK LESS CANCER MOTORCYCLE RIDE AND JAM (read more about the event in our Facebook cover photo description), we wanted to share the thank you cards we received from some of the firefighters across the nation who were given financial help from Code 3 for a Cure because of the incredible efforts and work of Theresa and Dan Oldham and family, and all the volunteers, who organized and staffed the 2013 MO-HAWK LESS CANCER event—and all who supported it. We don't "expect" thank you's from firefighters suffering from cancer; they are dealing with enough. But when it does happen, the impact on our hearts is indescribable.

INTRODUCING JULIE GENNARINO,
CODE 3 ATHLETIC WARRIOR
Posted August 16, 2014

Julie Gennarino photoWe are proud to introduce the newest member on the C3FAC team of Athletic Warriors: JULIE GENNARINO. Julie is a Physician Assistant who is also an avid triathlete and ultra distance runner. Julie will be doing the Ironman Chattanooga on September 28, a 50k run in October, a 50 mile run in December, and hopes for a 100 mile running race next August. Since climbing on board just last month, she has already raised more than $700 for Code 3. Says Julie, "I want my efforts to make a difference in someone else's life. It's easy to get caught up in 'it's all about me’ when it comes to crossing a finish line. I've had that selfish pleasure. I've been granted a healthy body and I would like to use it for a grander cause...I'm excited to help the Code 3 cause." Today, she wrote, "Out on a 50 mile ride today and stopped in to thank some local firefighters. I also wanted to thank all my friends and family that donated to Code 3. This was just the start to the day. It was followed by an 11 mile run. Now.....I'M STARVING! Tomorrow I'm racing an Olympic distance triathlon (.9 mile swim/24 mile bike/5.8 mile run) and the 6 week countdown is on for IM Chattanooga." Best of luck tomorrow, Julie, and thank you for all you are doing for Code 3 and firefighters around the country!

FIREFIGHTER JAKE
ACHIEVES FIRST TRIATHLON FOR CODE 3
Posted August 12, 2014

Jake and Paige Sinkiewicz photoFirefighter Jake Sinkiewicz, cheered on by lovely wife Paige and family, achieved the UNC Wellness Super Sprint Triathlon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this past Sunday, representing Code 3 for a Cure. Although he just started dedicating his races to C3FAC in January, this was Firefighter Jake’s 11th race already this year for the cause, and he has raised a lot of support towards C3FAC, including securing corporate contributions. But what was different about Race 11 was that this was Jake's first triathlon. Congratulations on this great accomplishment and thank you, brother! We are proud of you and appreciate all you have done for fellow firefighters across the nation who are battling cancer. You can view Jake’s fundraising page here.



FALLBROOK FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION
TO HOST CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Posted August 6, 2014

Fallbrook Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament flierThe FALLBROOK FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION will host its annual CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT on Wednesday, August 27, at The Golf Club of California in the beautiful city of Fallbrook. Code 3 for a Cure is one of three charities that will benefit from the event. The C3FAC team will be there, and on display at our booth will be the Memorial Fire Bell that his carried across the country during our annual Mission of Hope and Honor. There will be lunch, dinner, a ceremony with prizes, raffle, and auction.

Golfers can register here.

Companies interested in helping sponsor the event can click here.

RICK VAN TUYL:
MORE THAN AN ULTRAMAN
Posted August 5, 2014

Rick Van Tuyl photoYesterday was Day 3 and the final race of UltraMan Canada, a double marathon (52.4 miles), for Firefighter Rick Van Tuyl. After Day 1, in which he swam 6.2 miles and biked 90, and Day 2, in which he biked another 171 miles, staying well within the required time limits on both days, Rick finished Day 3 and the double marathon race in 12:07, missing the time cutoff of 12:00 by a mere 7 minutes. But to all who know of Rick’s journey and who witnessed what he did out there on the course, he is more than an UltraMan; he is a true Warrior.

Rick's pacer, Brad, describes what he saw: "Yesterday I witnessed Rick Van Tuyl give absolutely everything he had in order to cross the finish line at UltraMan Canada. The strength and determination that Rick showed was truly awe inspiring. Rick was crewed by his father Tom Van Tuyl and son Erik Van Tuyl and their love for him was apparent as they gave him everything they had in order to get him to the finish line."

Says Rick, "Am I disappointed, yes. But, I along with those that were there know that I left it out on the course."

That is far beyond what most people are willing and/or able to give. We salute you, Rick, and we thank you for choosing Code 3 for a Cure as the cause you represent. Thank you for giving hope and inspiration to firefighters across the nation who have their own race to win: the race against cancer.

Read more about Rick's quest.

MO-HAWK, LESS CANCER
Posted August 4, 2014

Banner photoWe are grateful to announce the: MO-HAWK LESS CANCER MOTORCYCLE RIDE & JAM In Honor and Memory of KEVIN OLDHAM

WHERE: Jesse Oaks Food & Drink, 18490 W. Old Gages Lake Road, Gages Lake, Illinois

WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 11:00am-8:00pm (Registration 9am-11am)

PARTY FOR EVERYONE STARTS AT 3pm

Proceeds to benefit the Code 3 for a Cure Foundation, as well as pancreatic cancer research.

Many thanks to event organizers Theresa and Dan Oldham and family, as well as Jesse Oaks and all involved in making this a successful event.

View Press Release here.

TWO DOWN, ONE TO GO
FOR RICK VAN TUYL
Posted August 4, 2014

Rick Van Tuyl's time for Day 2 of UltraMan Canada (171 mile bike) was 10 hours 8 minutes. Incredible. Two down, one to go. Today is Day 3 of 3: a Double Marathon (52.4 miles on foot). Positive aura and thoughts going toward Rick as he closes in on this remarkable achievement! You can also cheer on Rick by donating on his fundraising page. All proceeds go to Code 3 for a Cure.

Read more about Rick's quest.

FF RICK VAN TUYL
COMPLETES DAY 1 OF ULTRAMAN CANADA
Posted August 3, 2014

Rick Van Tuyl photoOn Day 1 of UltraMan Canada, FF Rick Van Tuyl swam 6.2 miles in 3:44, then biked 90 miles through heat, tough mountain terrain (Richter Pass), thunder storms, hail, and 30 mph headwinds in 6:38. Today, it’s on to Day 2 and a 171 mile bike ride. Go, Rick!

Read more about Rick's quest.

UPDATE ON ATHLETIC WARRIOR
RICK VAN TUYL
Posted August 2, 2014, 2:09 p.m. PST

Update: FF Rick Van Tuyl finished the 6.2 mile swim, and is more than one-third into the 90 mile bike, doing very well on Day 1 of this 3-day ultimate endurance test. Go,Rick! One way you can encourage Rick as he continues to achieve UltraMan Canada is by donating on his fundraising page. All proceeds go to Code 3 for a Cure.

AND THEY'RE OFF!
FIREFIGHTER RICK VAN TUYL
TAKES ON ULTRAMAN CANADA
Posted August 2, 2014

UltraMan Canada 2014 group photoSurely Firefighter Rick Van Tuyl has embarked on the swim portion of UltraMan Canada by now. Since we were unable to see the live stream of the start on our end, instead here's a group photo Rick posted yesterday of him and the 28 other super athletes who are taking on this ultra challenge. He's in the second row, second from right. We're proud that Rick is representing Code 3. Wishing Godspeed and praying for a safe race for Rick and all his fellow triathletes.

IT'S A NEW MONTH!
Posted August 1, 2014

That's right, it's now officially August! What that means is that, in addition to the August message from our President/Founder (on the Home page of our website), you can also enjoy words of wellness from Katie Oldham in her August article in "Katie's Corner." Katie's Corner is our website's newest feature, which began last month. You can also follow Katie at: www.livinghappilywhole.com.

FIREFIGHTER ANSWERS THE CALL FOR HOPE & HONOR,
TAKES ON ULTRAMAN CANADA THIS WEEKEND
Posted July 31, 2014

Rick Van Tuyl photoPENTICTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA - The UltraMan Canada (http://ultramancanada.com/) is designed to bring forth a unique and challenging test for those exceptional athletes who can go beyond human limits of sporting competition. Why take on such a grueling and impossible race? Three years ago Firefighter RICK VAN TUYL (California) sat with his mother, during one of her chemotherapy sessions, and she asked Rick, “What crazy thing are you going to do when you turn 50?” (Rick was 46 at the time). Already, Rick was training for Ironman Arizona. Six months later, 3 months after his mother passed away, Rick found out about UltraMan Canada. As he read the race description, he knew this was the “crazy thing” he was going to do. The race consists of a 6.2 mile swim and 90 mile bike on day 1, a 171 mile bike ride on day 2, and a double marathon (52.4 miles) on day 3. Each day has a 12 hour time limit. When Rick starts the UltraMan race, he will have executed a 3 year plan to achieve this remarkable athletic quest. Although Rick has a passion to race, he also likes to raise money for charities; and, for the past few years, Rick has chosen Code 3 for a Cure. We are grateful and proud of Rick's incredible achievements and efforts for our cause. We ask for your prayers of safety and strength for Rick, as well as for his crew (his Dad, Tom, and his son, Erik) as Rick takes on this ultimate physical challenge. Godspeed, Rick!

Here’s the grueling schedule:

Saturday, August 2, 6:30 a.m. start at Skaha Beach – 6.2 mile Swim, followed by 90 mile Bike
Sunday, August 3, 7:00 a.m. start at Skaha Marina – 171 mile Bike
Monday, August 4, 7:00 a.m. start at Old Princeton/Summerland Hwy. – 52.4 Mile Double Marathon

TO REMEMBER THE ONE WHO INSPIRED THEM,
TEAM C3FAC PLACES 46 OUT OF 500 TEAMS
Posted July 30, 2014

Team C3FAC photoThe final tally is in, and Team C3FAC (Code 3 for a Cure), made up of 8 firefighters and 4 citizens, raised a total of $1,880 in their incredible achievement of the Ragnar Relay Chicago, running 200 miles day and night from Madison to Chicago on June 6-7 and landing 46th place out of 500 teams. But even though they are superior athletes (they also did well last year, placing 49th), their love for athletics isn’t the reason they did this race. Three years ago, the team lost their friend, Waukegan, IL Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Oldham, to pancreatic cancer. He left behind his wife and two little daughters. While Kevin was stricken with his cancer, he toured the country with C3FAC to spread a message of "early detection" to his fellow firefighters. His goal was simple, to use his story to save another life before it was too late. The team dedicated the Relay to Kevin. Our gratitude is owed to each of these incredible athletes, listed below, as well as to Waukegan Firefighters Local 473 for funding the team’s C3FAC shirts and for their tremendous ongoing support of C3FAC.

TEAM C3FAC 2014
:
FF George Bridges
FF Jeremy Brown
Pete Storey Buschbacher
Denin Gutsugell
Katie Haberman
FF Jimmy Howell
FF Steve Mudrak
Brad Obrecht
FF Mark Pietraszak
FF Dusty Rynders
FF Mike Schejbal
FF Jon Valentine

CANCER WARRIOR
Posted July 29, 2014

Ken photoIt isn’t always an easy road for firefighters once they lay down their fire axe and retire. For many, their world is turned upside down as their daily routine goes from jumping on the fire engine in order to save lives to fighting for their own. Ken is a retired firefighter in Florida battling Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma. His wife Cathy bought him a Code 3 for a Cure t-shirt as a surprise and says "he insisted on wearing it to and from the hospital" during his latest round of treatments. Ken goes into the hospital tomorrow to begin another round of treatments. We ask for your positive aura and prayers of support to surround this Warrior couple as they continue to conquer cancer together. Read more about the impact of cancer on firefighters.





A NEW WAY TO HELP OUR CAUSE
Posted July 28, 2014

Here's a new way you can help our cause: Create your own fundraising page for Code 3 for a Cure on Crowdrise by going to this link and clicking on the box that says "Fundraise for your charity." Then choose "Create a fundraising project" and follow the step-by-step instructions. (Do NOT choose the "Create a fundraising event" option, because all fundraising events require prior written approval of the Code 3 for a Cure Foundation.) Similar to Active, which we still also endorse and is mostly used by athletes who fundraise for our cause, Crowdrise requires no payment of fees on your part and the site tracks everything for you. Checks are sent to Code 3 for a Cure by Crowdrise on a regular basis with no further work on your part, beyond initially setting up the page and telling people about it. Thank you for your support!

CODE 3 FOR A CURE
REPRESENTED AT SOUTH ATLANTIC FIRE EXPO
Posted July 26, 2014

Ami and Mike Ward photoAmi and Mike Ward of My Angel Tools are manning the Code 3 for a Cure table they set up to bring attention to our cause at the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in Raleigh, NC. Not pictured is Firefighter Jake--probably because he's busy hydrating at the moment. Thank you, Ami, Mike, and Jake!

RACE 11: CHECK
FIREFIGHTER JAKE SINKIEWICZ
DOES IT AGAIN
Posted July 26, 2014

Jake Sinkiewicz photo collageFirefighter Jake Sinkiewicz finished his 11th race of the year for Code 3 for a Cure at "Raleigh's Finest 5k" today at Raleigh Convention Center, North Carolina. Thank you, Jake!













ATHLETIC WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT:
JAKE SINKIEWICZ
Posted July 25, 2014

Jake Sinkiewicz photosFirefighter Jake is one Athletic Warrior who is tough to keep up with. Even though he just started running for Code 3 for a Cure (C3FAC) in January, he has already completed 10 races and raised over $6,100. Race #8 is pictured above right—note the “C-3” hand signs (Jake on right). Jake did Race #7, above left, in full gear, including his SCBA mask. Said Jake pre-race, "Unfortunately, I won't be connected to my air pack, so there won't be any supplied air being provided. Even though it is harder to breathe (and run) with the mask on, I'm sure that it's nothing compared to the everyday struggles that are felt by my fellow brothers and sisters battling cancer."

Jake’s 11th race takes place tomorrow, "Raleigh’s Finest 5k" benefiting the North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation and the 200 Club, during the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. Says Jake, "The run starts at 8am and I would be honored to have you join me and fellow firefighters as we raise money for the brothers and sisters that are fighting to stay alive and for the families of those who have passed." But after his race, Jake will just be getting started. From there, he’ll join fellow firefighter Mike Ward in manning the C3FAC booth that Mike has set up next to his Angel Tool booth at the Expo. Check out Mike’s Angel Tools here: www.myangeltools.com

MO HAWK LESS CANCER
MOTORCYCLE RIDE & JAM
IN HONOR OF KEVIN OLDHAM
Posted July 23, 2014

Kevin Oldham photosWe are grateful to announce the MO HAWK LESS CANCER MOTORCYCLE RIDE & JAM, to be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Jesse Oaks Food & Drink in Gages Lake, Illinois. This special fundraising event, in honor and memory of KEVIN OLDHAM, will benefit the Code 3 for a Cure Foundation, as well as pancreatic cancer research. Many thanks to event organizers Theresa and Dan Oldham and family. Visit the event page here.

CANCER'S IMPACT ON FIREFIGHTERS
Posted July 7, 2014

There are those who think firefighters are well taken care of when stricken with cancer. Unfortunately, too often that is not the case. Read more.

PHENIX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
NAMES CODE 3 FOR A CURE
AS ONE OF THREE NONPROFITS OF CHOICE
IN COLD WATER CHALLENGE
Posted July 3, 2014

Phenix Technology, Inc. Chief Operating Officer Angel Sanchez, Jr. and National Sales Manager Shaun Russell were both called out in the Cold Water Challenge. Today they completed the Challenge and named Code 3 for a Cure as one of three nonprofits of choice for donations, along with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and The Autism Society of America. Thank you, Angel, Shaun, and Phenix Technology, Inc., for all your support!

CIELO ACOSTA TO REPRESENT
AT FIRECRACKER 5K
Posted July 3, 2014

Godspeed to Firefighter Cielo Acosta tomorrow as he achieves the Firecracker 5k in Ellensburg, Washington representing Code 3!

IT'S HERE . . .
KATIE'S CORNER!
Posted July 1, 2014

KATIE'S CORNER has arrived! Katie Oldham's monthly words of wellness, geared especially for the Code 3 audience! Click here for this month's article. For more inspiration, check out Katie's Happily Whole website: https://www.livinghappilywhole.com/

C3FAC-RUNNING FOR OUR BROTHERS/SISTERS
RAISES FUNDS FOR CODE 3
Posted June 26, 2014

Dog Tag imageThanks to Firefighter Alex Murray and his C3FAC Running for Our Brothers/Sisters team, over $1,200 was raised this past weekend for Code 3 for a Cure at the Hampton County Watermelon Festival in South Carolina! We appreciate their hard work and that of all who manned their Code 3 booth, as well as the generosity of all who supported them. Special shout-out and thanks to Fowled Up Waterfowl Gear for giving a generous contribution, and to Palmetto State Armory for donating the Pelican cooler that turned out to be such a popular raffle item, netting a large amount of the proceeds.

YOU CAN NOW HELP OUR CAUSE
BY SHOPPING AMAZON !
Posted June 25, 2014

You can now help Code 3 simply by shopping on AmazonSmile! It's the same Amazon you know...all the same products, same prices, and same service. The only difference is that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to Code 3 for a Cure. So please start shopping and spread the word!

FF FRANK SULZER
FINISHES THE BIGGEST LOSER 5K
Posted June 22, 2014

Frank Sulzer photoFirefighter Frank Sulzer achieved the Biggest Loser 5k in Erie, PA this morning--with a little help from his friends Ellen and Angelo, who showed true support and dedication to Code 3 and firefighters across the nation who are battling cancer. Big thanks to The Biggest Loser and Dan Evans for the support in giving FF Sulzer the honor he so well deserves of holding the American flag during the National Anthem. Frank Sulzer, you have made us proud.

FF FRANK SULZER TO REPRESENT
AT BIGGEST LOSER 5K
Posted June 21, 2014

Frank Sulzer photoFirefighter Frank Sulzer will be running in The Biggest Loser 5k tomorrow in Erie, PA wearing full gear representing Code 3. Says Frank, “Can't wait until tomorrow--I will be on the stage with Dan from the biggest loser show holding the American Flag while Dan sings the National Anthem for the 5k run tomorrow. What an honor for me and Code 3 for a Cure.” We couldn’t agree more. We thank FF Sulzer, Dan, and The Biggest Loser for making this happen. On a side note, as FF Sulzer headed up to Erie, PA earlier today, a car passed him and he observed fire underneath the vehicle. The driver didn’t notice until FF Sulzer got her attention and told her to pull over. As soon as she got out of the car it became fully involved in flames. FF Sulzer got her to safety and closed down I 79 until the fire department showed up 15 minutes later. Great job, Frank!


CODE 3 BOOTHS FROM COAST TO COAST
Posted June 20, 2014

Code 3 booths photoCode 3 has booths set up today and tomorrow at: L: Bass Pro Shops - Rancho Cucamonga, CA R: Watermelon Festival - Hampton County, SC Stop by and see us in either place!

C3FAC-RFOBS TO REPRESENT
AT HAMPTON COUNTY WATERMELON FESTIVAL
Posted June 19, 2014

Cooler photoFF Alex Murray and C3FAC-RFOBS will be representing tomorrow and Saturday at the Hampton County Watermelon Festival in South Carolina. In addition to selling Code 3 gear, they'll also be raffling items such as this awesome Pelican cooler, thanks to Palmetto State Armory, who donated it. So if you're in the Hampton area, stop by the Code 3 booth at the Watermelon Festival and pay a visit to the RFOBS team!





FATHERS DAY WEEKEND
AT BASS PRO SHOPS
Posted June 17, 2014

Code 3 PhotoHad our booth at Bass Pro Shops - Rancho Cucamonga, CA this past weekend and really enjoyed meeting a lot of very nice people. Thank you, Bass Bass Pro Shops - Rancho Cucamonga, for the incredible support! Check out the entire album on our Facebook page.







THANK YOU, HEAVY SMOKE APPAREL
Posted June 10, 2014

Thank you, Heavy Smoke Apparel, for sharing our Facebook page, and for all the new likes Code 3 was blessed with today because of you! We thank all of your loyal customers for taking the time to check out our page and like it. And we thank you, FF Frank Sulzer, for bringing attention to the Code 3 cause!

ANNOUNCING A WONDERFUL NEW ADDITION
TO THE CODE 3 WEBSITE
Posted June 9, 2014

Katie Oldham photoAnnouncing KATIE'S CORNER, a wonderful new addition to the Code 3 website! Here, on a monthly basis beginning July 1, you will find great tips on living a life of wellness from KATIE OLDHAM. In addition to being well-credentialed, Katie has a heart for good health and inspired living, a wisdom beyond her years, and the talent to share it all so beautifully in her writings. But why get inspired just once a month? Visit Katie's site, HAPPILY WHOLE, at any time to find rest, inspiration and encouragement.



TEAM C3FAC STARTS TODAY
ON 200 MILE RACE IN RAGNAR RELAY CHICAGO
Posted June 6, 2014

Ragnar Relay photoFirefighter Ryan Koncki, of Team C3FAC, had a great radio interview on Wednesday with WRJN Racine Wisconsin. You can listen to it here. Best wishes to Team C3FAC as they begin their 200 mile race today at 1:00pm central time, running from Madison to Chicago in the Ragnar Relay Chicago to honor and remember Firefighter Kevin Oldham and to raise funds for Code 3 so we can continue to help firefighters across the country who are suffering from cancer. Go, Team C3FAC!



TEAM TO RUN 200 MILES FOR FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING CANCER
AND TO REMEMBER THE ONE WHO INSPIRED THEM
Posted June 5, 2014

Click on the image below to view pdf version of the Press Release:

Press Release image

INTRODUCING TEAM CODE 3's MASCOT
Posted May 31, 2014

Lilli photoIntroducing Lilli, Team Code 3's (a.k.a., Team C3FAC's) mascot. Note the "3" hand sign of support. Lilli says to please donate to Daddy Ryan's team so we can keep helping firefighters!








TEAM CODE 3
TO HONOR FF KEVIN OLDHAM
Posted May 31, 2014

Team Code 3 Ragnar flier imageLess than a week to go! Team Code 3 sets off this Friday, June 6, on an incredible 200 mile journey from Madison to Chicago to honor their brother, Firefighter Kevin Oldham, by achieving the Ragnar Relay Chicago. It is best told in their own words.













FIREFIGHTER WARRIOR TAKES RUNNING IN GEAR
A STEP FURTHER
Posted May 30, 2014

Jake Sinkiewicz imageAlthough Firefighter Jake Sinkiewicz (aka "Firefighter Jake") just joined the Code 3 team of Athletic Warriors in January, he has already secured individual and corporate donations totaling over $5,000, and will already be doing his 7th race tomorrow (May 31), beginning at 08:30 (the "Guardians on the Hill 5k" held in Chapel Hill at Southern Community Park, proceeds to benefit the UNC Children's Promise). Says FF Jake, "As always, I will be there to raise awareness and support for firefighters battling cancer alongside fellow firefighters...with a slight twist this race. To show my support I will be running the 5k WHILE WEARING MY SCBA MASK. Unfortunately, I won't be connected to my air pack, so there won't be any supplied air being provided. Even though it is harder to breathe (and run) with the mask on, I’M SURE THAT IT’S NOTHING COMPARED TO THE EVERYDAY STRUGGLES THAT ARE FELT BY MY FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS BATTLING CANCER. I ask and encourage everyone off work that day to come join in the run/walk, be a part or the cheering crowd, or even donate a few dollars if you can…even just $1 for every mile ran. Thank you, and I'll see you Saturday!"

You can show your support for Firefighter Jake's incredible efforts, and for firefighters battling cancer, by donating on his fundraising page. All proceeds go directly to Code 3 for a Cure.

HOW FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS AMERICA
CAN HELP CODE 3 INSTANTLY REACH ITS GOAL
Posted May 29, 2014

In this unique and creative take on the Cold Water Challenge, Firefighter Jeff Carter, with comrade Ed Doyle, calls upon firefighters across the nation to support Code 3. If what he is suggesting actually happened, in an instant we would well exceed our target income goal. Read more about what we have already achieved and what we would be able to accomplish if firefighters across the country responded to this challenge.

C-3 SIGN FOR HOPE & HONOR
Posted May 23, 2014

Jake Sinkiewicz and Chris Cardwell photoFirefighter Jake Sinkiewicz with fellow firefighter Chris Cardwell following a 5k workout earlier this week, which they did in 26 minutes! Note their C-3 hand sign for hope and honor. Awesome display of support. Thank you, brothers! Firefighter Jake will be doing the “Someone Special Like Me” 5k in Cary, NC tomorrow--in his gear. Thanks for representing!












HELPING A HERO:
IN HONOR OF CHIEF SCOTT BETTISCH
Posted May 20, 2014

Helping a Hero flierChief Scott Bettisch served as EMS Chief for Downs Community Fire District and also served in surrounding communities in McLean County, Illinois, for many years. Chief Bettisch lost his battle with colo-rectal cancer on April 10. This benefit, taking place this Friday, May 23, is for his loving wife and son. Please, if you live nearby come out and support this honorable event. If you cannot do so, you can click on the flier to find other ways to support the event. Thank you so much. Forever a husband. Forever a father. Forever a brother. And forever a hero.




OUR BOOTH AT
BASS PRO SHOPS - RANCHO CUCAMONGA
Posted May 19, 2014

Code 3 booth photoThanks to Bass Pro Shops - Rancho Cucamonga, we met so many great people over the weekend! Many thanks to Bob Minor and his friendly staff, as well as all the awesome Bass Pro customers who came out and visited our booth and showed their support for firefighters battling cancer. You rock!




TWO FIREFIGHTER ATHLETES TO COMPETE
THIS WEEKEND FOR CODE 3
Posted May 16, 2014

Cielo Acosta and Jake Sinkiewicz photoWe wish Godspeed to Firefighter Jake Sinkiewicz (North Carolina) and Firefighter Cielo Acosta (Washington), who will be dedicating their races this weekend to Code 3. FIREFIGHTER JAKE just joined our cause this year and will be doing the Purple Stride 5k Raleigh-Durham on Saturday. In addition to already achieving several races this year, Jake has secured several corporate donations for Code 3 as well. FIREFIGHTER ACOSTA, or "Super Cielo" as we like to call him, has done numerous races for Code 3 and recently did what he called his "Code 3 Trifecta," finishing 3 races 3 weekends in a row. Cielo will now be achieving the Sage Rat Run: 12k and 5k road races on Saturday, plus a 10k trail race on Sunday. He and his wife Paola will also be manning a Code 3 booth at the finish line on Saturday. Read it in his own words here. Thank you, Warriors!

BOOTH AT BASS PRO
POSTPONED
Posted May 16, 2014

Our Bass Pro Shops visit for today has been canceled. But we will be there tomorrow and Sunday!

NEW PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE:
ACHIEVEMENTS
Posted May 16, 2014

Check out our newest page, which discusses our Achievements and related goals.

CODE 3 TO HAVE BOOTH
AT BASS PRO THIS WEEKEND!
Posted May 15, 2014

That's right, we will be at Bass Pro Shops Rancho Cucamonga today, tomorrow, and Sunday, as well as next weekend! Take advantage of Bass Pro's great sale, and stop by and see us while you're at it! See album from our last booth at Bass Pro here.

CHANGES TO OUR WEBSITE
Posted May 10, 2014

Have you noticed the latest improvements to our website? It now features: easier-to-navigate drop-down menus; more specific information on our financial assistance program for firefighters fighting cancer; streaming video on the home page; and more! We welcome your feedback as we continually work to ensure our publications, both electronic and otherwise, are accurate and informative. Thank you!

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WELCOME, FF FRANK SULZER
Posted May 10, 2014

Window Decal photoWe are grateful to introduce you to the newest member of the Code 3 team of Athletic Warriors. His name is FRANK SULZER, and he is a firefighter in Pennsylvania. Frank is very active in doing 9/11 Memorial Climbs, as well as 5k runs, in full firefighter gear, including air pack. He does this in honor and memory of his cousin, GERARD P. DEWAN (FDNY Ladder 3), who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11. To honor FF Dewan, in addition to his runs, Frank initiated a window decal project in his memory. Check out the link to his window decal page here, and his Code 3 fundraising page here. We thank FF Sulzer for his dedication in going above and beyond the call.

CODE 3 TO BE AT BASS PRO
Posted May 3, 2014

We will have our booth set up at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga today and tomorrow. Stop by and meet some of our team members...and bring some ice cold lemonade with you!

BRIGHT THOUGHTS FOR A
GOOD WEEKEND AHEAD
Posted May 2, 2014

Ryan Koncki photoWe thought this would be a good way to end the week. Firefighter Ryan Koncki with his lovely daughter. Have a great weekend, everyone, and if you get a chance please encourage Ryan and "Team Code 3" as they prepare for the Ragnar Relay Chicago (June 6-7) by "joining" their event page.
















WELCOME MAY
Posted May 1, 2014

The monthly message for May from our President/Founder, Lorenzo Abundiz, has been posted on the Home page. We wish you a pleasant spring day.

TEAM CODE 3 TO RUN
IN HONOR OF KEVIN OLDHAM
Posted April 29, 2014

Press Release imageOur latest press release, about an awesome team of athletic warriors who will be running 200 miles to honor Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Oldham. Read it here.















CODE 3 IN THE NEWS AGAIN:
FIRE-K FIVE-K
Posted April 28, 2014

Fire-K photoA great news piece, this one by Fox News Augusta, about the Fire-K Five-K this past Saturday. Watch it here. Code 3 was proud to support this honorable event to help firefighters in the Central Savannah River area who are battling cancer. Our gratitude to FF Phillip Weathers and all the event organizers and volunteers, to FF Alex Murray and his C3FAC-Running For Our Brothers/Sisters team for representing Code 3, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and all the event sponsors and donors, and a special thank you to all the participants.

NIOSH FIREFIGHTER CANCER STUDY
Posted April 28, 2014

CBS 2 Chicago recently did a newscast on the NIOSH Study, yet another study pointing to the correlation between firefighting and cancer. For more information on this and other studies, and to learn more about the impact of cancer on firefighters, visit our Firefighter Cancer page.

FIREFIGHTER HOUSE
FOR FIREFIGHTERS UNDERGOING CANCER TREATMENTS
Posted April 27, 2014

A first-of-its-kind facility is being built in Houston: the renovation of old Station 27 into a place where firefighters from all across the nation can stay while undergoing cancer treatments in the Houston area. If you're a golfer and will be in Houston this Thursday, May 1, please support this great cause. If you're not a golfer or are unable to attend, you can still donate products or services toward the rebuilding of Station 27, or learn how you can get involved, here. You can also make a monetary donation.

FIREFIGHTER JAKE ACHIEVES
FLEET FEET 4-MILER
Posted April 26, 2014

Jake Sinkiewicz photoFirefighter Jake achieved the Fleet Feet 4-Miler in Chapel Hill, North Carolina today. We think you'll be able to pick him out in this awesome photo. Jake has also recently secured some great corporate donations for Code 3. His next run will be on May 17, the Purple Stride 5k Raleigh-Durham. Thank you, Jake!





INAUGURAL FIRE-K FIVE-K
Posted April 26, 2014

Fire-K Five-K photoThey did it! Great job,Warriors! Thank you for competing in the inaugural FIRE-K FIVE-K and bringing attention and support to your fellow firefighters who are battling cancer.











GOOD LUCK, WARRIORS
Posted April 25, 2014

Best of luck tomorrow to all the FIRE-K FIVE-K participants, to FF Phillip Weathers, FF Alex Murray and all the event volunteers, to FF Jake Sinkiewicz, representing at the Fleet Feet 4-Miler in North Carolina, and Peggy Abundiz, representing at the "Fight Like A Princess" 5k Glow Run in California. Go, Warriors!

IT'S NOT TOO LATE!
FIRE-K FIVE-K
Posted April 25, 2014

PhotoGot your shirt? It's not too late! Just show up before 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and sign up, or simply support it with your presence! FIRE-K FIVE-K, Cross Creek High School, 3855 Old Waynesboro Road, Augusta, GA 30906, to SUPPORT FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING CANCER!



SUPPORT THE CAUSE
AT FIRE-K FIVE-K
Posted April 24, 2014

Dog Tag photoGOT A C3FAC DOG TAG??? Get one at https://www.facebook.com/firek5k and support the cause for hope & honor....



















JUST DAYS AWAY . . .
FIRE-K FIVE-K!
Posted April 22, 2014

Fire-K Five-K Press ReleaseCode 3 for a Cure is proud to support the FIRE-K FIVE-K, organized by FF Phillip Weathers and his fellow firefighters to support firefighters in the Augusta, Georgia area who are battling cancer. We thank Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) and all the other sponsors who are making this great event possible. There to represent Code 3 will be FF Alex Murray and his C3FAC-RFOBS team. They will have a Code 3 booth with Code 3 items, including dog tags for anyone who makes a donation towards this event. If you're in the Augusta area on April 26, please come out and support the Fire-K Five-K! Race starts at 8:00 a.m.





TWO WARRIORS TO REPRESENT
Posted April 18, 2014

Two Code 3 Warriors will represent tomorrow: FF JEFF CARTER at the East Aurora Rotary Club Bunny Hop 5k in New York, and FF JAKE SINKIEWICZ at the "Remembrance 5k" in North Carolina, an event held to honor the fallen firefighters and past retired members that have served the citizens of the Town of Pine Level, and the Pi-Le Fire District. Godspeed, brothers!

"TEAM CODE 3" TO REPRESENT
AT RAGNAR RELAY CHICAGO
IN HONOR OF KEVIN OLDHAM
Posted April 15, 2014

Kevin Oldham photoWe are honored to announce that a team of 12 elite athletes will run the 2014 Ragnar Relay Chicago June 6-7, covering 200 miles from Madison, WI to Chicago, IL, to honor their brother, Kevin Oldham (Waukegan F.D., IL), and to represent our cause. “Team Code 3” is comprised of 7 firefighters from Waukegan, 1 firefighter from Grayslake, and 4 other great athletes. Says team member Ryan Koncki, “Three years ago we lost our friend, Kevin Oldham, to pancreatic cancer. He left behind a wife and two precious girls. While Kevin was stricken with his cancer, he toured the country with Code 3 for a Cure to spread a message of ‘early detection’ to his fellow firefighters. His goal was simple, to use his story to save another life before it was too late. Kevin was a great man, husband, father, son, brother, friend. We honor his memory by dedicating these 200 miles of ground pounding to him and his cause! Help us carry on Kevin's memory and mission of helping other firefighters with cancer!” You can support Team Code 3 through their event page.

"TRIFECTA" COMPLETED
BY FF CIELO ACOSTA
Posted April 14, 2014

Cielo Acosta photoCongratulations, Firefighter Cielo Acosta! Thank you for representing Code 3 for a Cure and for working so hard to support your brother and sister firefighters who are battling cancer.

"On April 12, 2014, I finished my 3 Races in 3 Weekends for Code 3 with a 5k in Soap Lake, WA, for a total of 36 miles run in 15 days. The race was put on by @Ulbfit. It was a windy day but a pretty course near the lake. I came in at 26:10 in my new TECGEN XTREME gear. The Tecgen is great, it's breathable, soft and lightweight. Thank you Code 3 for a Cure Foundation, TECGEN, Vitalyte, Honey Stinger & Road ID for keeping me safe, supported, comfortable and fueled while I'm out there running to fight cancer and support firefighters in need. If you can donate please do so here. Your donation will help a firefighter battling cancer." -Cielo Acosta-

RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE ON CIELO:

The Royal Register - Grant County, WA

Mattawa Area News - WA

HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET?
FIRE-K FIVE-K
Posted April 13, 2014

Fire-K flierLess than two weeks to go until the FIRE-K FIVE-K (Saturday, April 26, 2014), a great event to support local firefighters in the Augusta, GA area who are suffering from cancer. If you're in the area, please come out and support it. Better yet, if you're a firefighter, gear up and do the 5k. Register on Active.com.














FIREFIGHTER CIELO ACOSTA AND
PEGGY ABUNDIZ REPRESENT IN TWO STATES
Posted April 12, 2014

Cielo Acosta and Peggy Abundiz photoProud of Code 3 Warrior, Firefighter Cielo Acosta, who achieved his THIRD race in three weeks for Code 3 today, finishing the “Not Too Taxing” 5k in Soap Lake, Washington – in an incredible 26:10! This was after achieving a 10k two weeks ago and a MARATHON last weekend. That’s why we call him "Super Cielo." Way to go, brother!

Meanwhile, our Cofounder, Peggy Abundiz, represented at her second race in two weekends, a 10k fundraiser for the Anthony Garcia Foundation in Brawley, California, finishing in 1:33:15, after achieving a 5k last weekend. Great job, Peggy! Watch video of Peggy's run here.

TWO WARRIORS
TO REPRESENT THIS SATURDAY
Posted April 10, 2014

Cielo Acosta and Peggy Abundiz photoWe have two Warriors representing this Saturday, both in firefighter gear: Firefighter CIELO ACOSTA--or "Super Cielo" as we like to call him--will achieve his THIRD race in a row (he did a marathon last weekend and a 10k the weekend before that) at the "Not Too Taxing" 5k in Soap Lake, WA.

Code 3 Cofounder PEGGY ABUNDIZ will achieve her 2nd race in a row; her first was a 5k last weekend. Her second race is a 10k fundraiser for the Anthony Garcia Foundation in Brawley, CA. Says Peggy, "I am wearing the firefighting gear as a representative of my husband Lorenzo. He has always been an athlete, but his cancer battles, caused by his firefighting duties, have made him unable to compete in events like this. Cielo, myself and the other firefighter athletes like Cielo who compete for Code 3 wear the gear to symbolize that, although firefighters wear protective equipment, it’s not always enough to protect them from the toxic and hazardous environments that cause cancer."

PRESS COVERAGE FOR
C3FAC-RFOBS
Posted April 7, 2014

Alex Murray photoCongratulations, FF Alex Murray and Code 3 for a Cure - Running For Our Brothers/Sisters (C3FAC-RFOBS), and thank you for your continued support in representing C3FAC. See coverage on ABC News 4, Charleston.






CODE 3 FOR A CURE "ROCKS"
Posted April 6, 2014

Cielo Acosta photoA little funny for your Sunday, compliments of FF Cielo Acosta, finisher of the 2014 Yakima River Canyon Marathon yesterday (in 5:40, his fastest marathon ever)--with time to spare for his sense of humor.














REAL WARRIORS
FOR HOPE & HONOR
Posted ApAthletic Warriors photoril 5, 2014

Congratulations to three of our amazing athletic Warriors, who didn't just finish their races today: (1) FF CIELO ACOSTA, in his second of a “trifecta” (racing three weekends in a row), achieved the Yakima River Canyon Marathon (Ellensburg, Washington) in his turnout gear—in 5:40, his fastest marathon ever—all while fighting the flu! This was a special one for Cielo not only because of his record time, but also because last year, in this very same race, he ran for the first time in gear. (2) FF ALEX MURRAY achieved the Cooper River Bridge Run 10k (Charleston, South Carolina) in his firefighting gear—in 1:15!! This included a 4.1% grade over the Cooper River Bridge. A great run--also because he was joined afterwards at the Code 3 booth by cancer conqueror and fellow Firefighter Jordan Eaddy. (3) Our Cofounder, PEGGY ABUNDIZ, finished her first race, the Code 3.1 Fire Run 5k (Brawley, California), in 34 minutes. Watch video of the Code 3.1 Fire Run here. Way to go, Warriors! Together. For hope. For honor. For firefighters across the nation who are battling cancer.

3 FOR CODE 3
Posted April 4, 2014

Code 3 Athletes photoTomorrow, for the first time in our history, we will be represented by 3 individuals/teams in 3 states on the same day: FF CIELO ACOSTA at the Yakima River Canyon Marathon in Washington (read more about Cielo); FF ALEX MURRAY and his team, "Code 3 for a Cure-Running for Our Brothers/Sisters," at the Cooper River Bridge Run 10k in South Carolina (read more about Alex's team; and Code 3 Cofounder PEGGY ABUNDIZ at the Brawley Firefighters’ Code 3.1 Fire Run 5k in California (read more about Peggy). Go, Warriors!

FF WARRIORS:
JEFF PATROW & PAT HAMLER
Posted April 3, 2014

Jeff Patrow and Pat Hamler photoFirefighters Jeff Patrow and Pat Hamler traveled from Wisconsin to Texas to compete in the 2014 Austin Marathon in February--in their firefighting gear. In the process, they raised over $800 for Code 3, helping us continue on our path of helping firefighters battling cancer. We want to congratulate these Warriors on another amazing athletic accomplishment, and thank them for their incredible efforts. We also thank all those who generously donated, including members of Eau Claire Firefighters Local 487.













C3FAC-RFOBS TO REPRESENT
AT COOPER RIVER BRIDGE RUN
Posted April 2, 2014

C3FAC-RFOBS photoThis Saturday, April 5, C3FAC-RFOBS will represent us by competing in the 37th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run 10k (www.bridgerun.com). If you’re near the Mount Pleasant/Charleston area in South Carolina, please come out and cheer them on; or, better yet, privately message them via their Facebook page if you’re interested in helping man the Code 3 booth.




"HUG A TREE FOR CODE 3"
PICTURE CONTEST
Posted April 2, 2014

Hug a Tree imageSubmit your good quality jpg or png photo of you and/or someone hugging a tree, along with first and last name(s) and state of residence of the person(s) in the photo. Use your imagination and show your support to those fighting cancer. Send to: firefighters@code3foracure.org. Deadline is Tuesday, April 22. Three winners will be selected and each will receive a C3FAC t-shirt along with a sweet surprise! WHY HUG A TREE? Says Code 3 President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz, "I hug trees because I feel their power and peace. When I was going through my cancer battles, I hugged trees all the time, and I felt the healing power of nature flow through my sick body. As I hugged the tree, I would gaze up through the branches and see the beautiful blue sky and felt total peace. A tree to me symbolizes life, beauty, strength, and peace."

FIREFIGHTER JAKE REPRESENTS
AT THE "CURE AHC" 5K
Posted April 1, 2014

Jake Sinkiewicz photoWe are very proud of Firefighter/Warrior Jake Sinkiewicz, who represented us at the "Cure AHC" 5k in Rolesville, NC this past Saturday. This was Jake's second weekend in a row of competing, and his fourth race already this year representing Code 3. AHC stands for Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. Check out the website for this great cause at http://cureahc.org/. A quote from Firefighter Jake: "Imagine this... It's a cold morning, you're exhausted from a long 24 hour shift, you're putting on an extra 45 pounds, and you're standing in the pouring rain. Sounds like a bad day already right? Wrong, because a group of smiling kids approach you, and all of a sudden you realize that you get to be part of something MUCH larger than yourself. Last Saturday, I had the honor of showing my support for a group of brave kids that serve as my heroes. The Cure AHC Foundation (http://cureahc.org/) hosted a great 5k run to raise money to find a cure for this terrible disease. If you're not familiar with Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, take a second to educate yourself (it's worth it). Thank you Jeff for a great event, I look forward to participating again next year." We also thank Jason Pino for the fantastic photo of his lovely daughters posing with Firefighter Jake--and Cure AHC for your important work in fighting this childhood disease.

HAPPY APRIL
Posted March 31, 2014

The April message from President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz has been posted. Read it on our Home page.

FF CIELO ACOSTA
ACHIEVES FIRST OF TRIFECTA:
EPHRATA CANAL CAPER 10K
Posted March 31, 2014

Paola and Cielo Acosta photoFirefighter Cielo Acosta is in the process of achieving a "trifecta," racing 3 weekends in a row in 3 different towns for Code 3. His first was this past Saturday, March 29, at the 34th Annual Ephrata Canal Caper (WA), a 10k race which he finished in 51:56--in gear--including liner. In addition to achieving such a great time, Cielo set up a fantastic display for Code 3 at the race, and he was also allowed by the Race Director to speak about our cause at the awards ceremony. Thank you, Cielo, for being a Warrior and such a great representative of Code 3! Check out Cielo's description of his trifecta in his own words.

CODE 3 COAST TO COAST
Posted March 28, 2014

Cielo Acosta and Jake Sinkiewicz photoWe wish the best of luck to two amazing Firefighter Athletic Warriors who will be representing us tomorrow, both running in firefighter gear: Cielo Acosta at the Ephrata Canal Caper 10k in Washington, and Jake Sinkiewicz at the Cure AHC 5k in Rolesville, North Carolina. Godspeed, Cielo and Jake!










POWER TEST,
STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF CODE 3
Posted March 27, 2014

We are excited to announce that Power Test has climbed on board as a Code 3 sponsor once again this year. 2014 marks the THIRD year in a row that Power Test has been such a major supporter of our cause to provide financial help to firefighters who are stricken with cancer. We are proud to be associated with Power Test, winner of numerous awards, such as: Outstanding Manufacturer in Wisconsin in 2012, 2013 Wisconsin Governor’s Export Achievement Award, one of the 2013 winners of The Milwaukee Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Firms award, and several awards as Healthiest Employer, most recently ranked as one of the top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America in 2014. THANK YOU, Power Test, for being such a staunch supporter of firefighters!

FIREFIGHTER JAKE
REPRESENTS AT DUKE CRUSH 5K
Posted March 22, 2014

We want to congratulate and thank Firefighter Jake Sinkiewicz on finishing his third race in gear already this year, as he represented Code 3 today at the Duke Crush 5k.

"Another amazing run for the books. Thank you all for the support, it's becoming very apparent we are making a difference. Together we will beat cancer. An extra thank you to all those who have graciously donated to Code 3 for a Cure. Next race is only a week away...."

FF JAKE SINKIEWICZ
TO TACKLE HIS 3RD RACE
FOR CODE 3
Posted March 21, 2014

Jake Sinkiewicz photoFirefighter Jake Sinkiewicz (North Carolina) will be tackling his third race in gear tomorrow, the Duke Crush Colorectal Cancer 5k, at the Al Buehler Trail, Lake Forest, NC. Jake is one of the newest members of our firefighter athletic team, and will be dedicating all of his races this year to our cause. Says Jake, "Every day, firefighters all across the country are exposed to high levels of carcinogens on the job. This exposure is causing them to be at significantly higher risks of developing cancer in their lifetime…It is up to us to raise awareness and support for these brave everyday heroes. Please consider joining me in running, spreading awareness, or even making a small donation to the Code 3 for a Cure Foundation. Every mile, word of mouth, and penny makes a huge difference." You can donate on Jake's fundraising page below.






KATRINA SILVIA:
ONCE AGAIN, A CHAMPION FOR THE CAUSE
Posted March 15, 2014

Katrina Silvia photoWe are so proud of our National Ambassador, Firefighter Katrina Silvia, who conquered another race today in firefighter gear, including air tank and helmet, at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, FL, the largest 15k race in the United States. Katrina fondly refers to the Gate as her "Where It All Started" run, as eight years ago she and a friend decided, the night before, to do the race, her first time competing, and surprisingly even to herself at that time, she was able to run all 9 miles of it. Katrina has done the Gate River Run, among others races, every year since. Joining Katrina today were fellow firefighters as well as her son Austin and another young athlete, Nicholas, the son of Scott, one of the Firefighter Warriors who ran with her. Way to go, team!

KEVIN OLDHAM:
FOREVER A HERO
Posted March 11, 2014

Kevin Oldham photoOn this day three years ago, Code 3 team member and brother Kevin Oldham entered the gates of Heaven on his new assignment at Station 7. Kevin will always be with us on each Mission, with each firefighter athlete that competes, and with those who are fighting cancer. He will forever be a Warrior in the fight against all cancer. (Pictured left--at Shreveport Fire Department, LA)



FF CIELO ACOSTA
NAILS SCOTT FF STAIRCLIMB
Posted March 10, 2014

Cielo and Paola Acosta photoCongratulations to FF Cielo Acosta, a.k.a. "Super Cielo" (pictured left with his wife Paola), on nailing the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle yesterday, climbing 69 floors (138 flights of stairs) in 00:18:59 (00:00:17 per floor). Way to represent, Cielo! Awesome!





"SUPER CIELO" TO CLIMB AGAIN
Posted March 8, 2014

Cielo Acosta photoFF Cielo Acosta, or Super Cielo as we like to call him, will be representing Code 3 for a Cure tomorrow in Washington at his 2nd Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, 69 floors in full gear on SCBA air, for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a cause near and dear to him and his amazing wife, who is a survivor. Check out Cielo's Facebook page here.




PRAYER REQUEST
FOR OUR HEROES
Posted March 2, 2014

Louis, a firefighter in Hawaii, is battling acute myeloid leukemia, and will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant in Seattle, thanks to his brother, who was found to be a match. Even amidst their struggles, the family sent a beautiful thank you to Code 3 for the assistance they received, which we sent on to the Oldham family, whose event, Mo-Hawk Less Cancer, raised the funds necessary for us to give financial assistance to Louis and several other firefighters battling cancer. We thank all of you for your ongoing donations and support, which will allow us to continue helping heroes like Louis. We ask for prayers for Louis and all those firefighters, and their families, who are being impacted by cancer. Read more about cancer's effect on firefighters.

FF JEFF CARTER
ACHIEVES FIRST RACE FOR CODE 3
Posted March 1, 2014

Congratulations, Firefighter Jeff Carter, on achieving your first race for Code 3 today, the Shamrock 8k in Buffalo, and thank you for representing!

MONTHLY MESSAGE POSTED
Posted February 28, 2014

The President's Message for the month of March has been posted. Read it on our Home page.

GODSPEED, FF JEFFREY CARTER
Posted February 28, 2014

We wish the best to Firefighter Jeffrey Carter (New York) as he embarks on his first race for Code 3 tomorrow: the Buffalo Shamrock 8k. Godspeed, Jeff!

FIRE-K FIVE-K
Posted February 27, 2014

FIRE-K FlierCode 3 for a Cure is pleased and proud to be a part of an event called the FIRE-K FIVE-K, taking place on April 26 in Augusta, GA, to benefit local firefighters in the Central Savannah River Area who are currently battling cancer. Here is the latest update from event organizers: "FireK has been blessed with some corporate sponsors, making it even easier for YOU to sign up!! Now through March 7, sign up here and receive $10 off the cost of registration!! Just enter code: FIREBIRD in the discount field! ( Does not apply to kids fun-run, or non-running sponsor categories)."





C3FAC-RFOBS
NOW ON TWITTER!
Posted February 25, 2014

Our "Running for our Brothers/Sisters" team is now on Twitter! This incredible group of dedicated firefighters out of South Carolina, who race together in their fire gear, first joined together last summer to support two firefighters, one of whom was fighting a tough battle with cancer. We are thankful to report that they have both overcome and are well on their road to recovery. Now, "Running for our Brothers/Sisters" (a.k.a. C3FAC-RFOBS) competes in various races representing Code 3 in order to support other firefighters across the country who are battling cancer. Follow C3FAC-RFOBS on Twitter.

FF CIELO ACOSTA
HELPS MAKE IT A SIGNATURE WEEKEND
FOR CODE 3
Posted February 24, 2014

Cielo Acosta photoThis just in: Firefighter Cielo Acosta, in his true Warrior style, has achieved yet another run. Says Cielo, "(Yesterday) morning I ran a 10k in turnout gear and boots. @virtualrunworld.com I did their 'Believe in Yourself' run where runners set their own goals. I wanted to challenge myself to run in boots, not easy but not as hard as I expected. I have some upcoming events to do in boots so this was my first try running in them. A friend once said to me, "I believe I can do anything", her conviction impressed me. Over the years I've strived to internalize that belief myself. Each goal I achieve fuels my desire to continue to push the boundaries of what I believe is possible for myself. I ran today to support Code 3 for a Cure Foundation work to help firefighters battling cancer. Please consider a donation large or small every dollar helps." You can donate on Cielo's fundraising page here. Every donation goes to Code 3. Way to inspire, Cielo!

Cielo Acosta's run makes this past weekend a signature one for Code 3, with THREE Warriors having competed for the cause in three different states (Washington, Florida, and North Carolina). Thank you, Cielo Acosta, Katrina Silvia, and Jake Sinkiewicz!

FF KATRINA SILVIA'S
HALF MARATHON ACHIEVEMENT
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Posted February 23, 2014

Katrina Silvia and Family photoOnce again, our National Ambassador, Katrina Silvia, had a magnificent race, achieving the half marathon of the 26.2 with Donna in 3:17. Only this time, it was a family affair, as her father-in-law Wayne and mother-in-law Shellie (a cancer survivor) finished alongside her, with her husband Ryan in support. Way to go, Warriors of hope! You can read more about Katrina here.













FF KATRINA SILVIA SET
TO ACHIEVE 13.1 IN GEAR
Posted February 22, 2014

Katrina Silvia photoSending positive thoughts and energy to our amazing National Ambassador, FF Katrina Silvia, who will achieve 13.1 miles in her firefighting gear representing Code 3 tomorrow at the 26.2 with Donna race in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Says Katrina, whose workout last Tuesday included dragging a tire for the last mile (see photo left), "Join me in my mission of honor and hope and become a hero today by helping one. I'm doing the Donna race tomorrow and am asking if you could give 3 to Code 3 for a Cure Foundation. Your money will go directly to assisting a hero battling cancer that has a financial hardship. Any donation is appreciated. If we all do a little we can move mountains!" You can donate here. By Katrina’s side will be another incredible woman, Shellie, a cancer survivor and a true Warrior in her own right. Good luck, ladies!

FIREFIGHTER JAKE,
DAD AND CODE 3 WARRIOR
Posted February 22, 2014

Ryan and Jake photoFirefighter Jake did it! The Code 3 Warrior crossed the finish line at the Hope on Heels 5k (Raleigh, NC) before his newborn. No word on his son's arrival into the world as of yet. Prayers of positive energy going out to his beautiful family. Kudos and gratitude to Bryan as well. Way to go, brothers!

"Another amazing run for the books! Despite an overwhelming feeling of sickness I was able to cross the finish line with my motivator / best friend / fellow firefighter Bryan at my side; thanks bro! A big shout goes to Jennifer Wrigley, Director at Brier Creek Country Club, who was a huge supporter today! Thanks for a great course, and supporting a great cause! Thank you everyone who ran today, and those who support the cause. With your continued support we will save lives, and find a cure for cancer. Next run is March 22nd, more info to come...." - FF/EMT-P Jake Sinkiewicz -

FF KATRINA SILVIA
REPRESENTS ON NBC AFFILIATE,
FIRST COAST NEWS
Posted February 21, 2014

We are proud to share this interview of our National Ambassador, FF Katrina Silvia, on First Coast News, the NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, which featured her today in anticipation of her run on Sunday. Watch it here. Way to represent, Katrina!










GODSPEED, FIREFIGHTER JAKE
Posted February 21, 2014

Wishing best of luck to Jake Sinkiewicz tomorrow! Says Firefighter Jake, "Even if my next son decides to arrive that day, Code 3 a Cure Foundation will be represented by my fellow brother and Chapel Hill Fire Firefighter Bryan. Come join us Saturday morning (02/22) at the 'Hope on Heels 5k' in Raleigh, NC. Through awareness and support we can and will save lives!" We want to share with you again the recent interview of Firefighter Jake on the premiere episode of the TEN at TEN show. Jake's interview starts at 4:53. Watch it here.

WELCOMING FF JON HERNANDEZ
AS CODE 3'S PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Posted February 21, 2014

Jon Hernandez photoWe had a very productive Code 3 Board of Directors meeting this morning. We are so fortunate for every member of our Board, whose ongoing guidance is invaluable. Today, our Board of Directors confirmed the appointment of Firefighter Jon Hernandez as Code 3's Public Information Officer. Jon, featured in the newspaper photo, is a two-time cancer survivor with a genuine passion to help our brothers and sisters across the nation as they battle cancer. Welcome aboard, Jon!




TWO ATHLETIC WARRIORS
TO REPRESENT THIS WEEKEND
Posted February 20, 2014

Jake Sinkiewicz and Katrina Silvia photoThis weekend, two Warriors will represent Code 3: FF/EMT-P Jake Sinkiewicz at the Hope on Heels 5k in Raleigh, NC on Saturday; and our National Ambassador, FF Katrina Silvia, at the 26.2 with Donna in Jacksonville Beach, FL on Sunday. We are proud.











WELCOMING C3FAC'S
NEWEST ATHLETIC WARRIOR
Posted February 19, 2014

We are proud to introduce Jeffrey Carter, a firefighter in the state of New York who has recently joined our team of Athletic Warriors. His first race will be the Buffalo Shamrock 8k on March 1. Thank you, Jeff! Check out his fundraising page here.

A GREAT MEETING
Posted February 18, 2014

Photo: Karen and Jamie Champion, Peggy and Lorenzo AbundizWe had the distinct pleasure of meeting FF Jamie Champion and his lovely wife Karen yesterday during their stay in Las Vegas all the way from Georgia. It was nice spending some time with such a great couple. We are thankful for Jamie's involvement with Code 3 through his athletic achievements, and his genuine desire to help others. It is efforts such as Jamie's that bring attention to the cause and raise funds needed so that we can continue to provide financial assistance to firefighters in need who are battling cancer. (L to R: Karen and Jamie Champion, Peggy and Lorenzo Abundiz)

CIELO ACOSTA, WARRIOR
Posted February 15, 2014

Cielo Acosta photoCongratulations to FF Cielo Acosta on another race under the belt! Tubbs Romp to Stomp February 8 (Washington), where he represented Code 3, once again in his turnout gear! Check out Cielo's Facebook page here.














FORWARDING ON THE LOVE
ON VALENTINE'S DAY
Posted February 14, 2014

Thank You card photoHappy Valentine's Day to all! We thought it very fitting on this day to share this loving gift we received a while back from a firefighter in Hawaii. We will be sending it on to the very deserving Oldham family, whose event Mo-Hawk Less Cancer, in honor of Firefighter Kevin Oldham, raised the funds necessary to help this hero and many others. Thank you, Theresa and Dan Oldham and family!

CIELO ACOSTA
TO REPRESENT TOMORROW
Posted February 7, 2014

Firefighter Cielo Acosta (Washington) is at it again. This Warrior never stops promoting the cause of Code 3. Tomorrow, he will be representing at the Washington Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer. Says Cielo, "In memory of my grandmother I'll be doing a 3k snowshoe race tomorrow! Looking forward to a day when cancer is just a memory and not a reality for so many."

MELISSA, WARRIOR
Posted February 2, 2014

Melissa photoWe received this photo of 14-year-old Melissa and some of her supportive friends at the Applebee's breakfast fundraiser she organized, which took place on January 18 in Charles Town, WV. We also received the resulting contributions, well over $700. What Melissa did has made a tremendous impact in allowing us to continue to operate and issue funds to firefighters in need. We are deeply grateful to Melissa, her parents Rob and Christine, those who attended, the generous donors, and all involved. THANK YOU.



PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - FEBRUARY
Posted February 2, 2014

The February message from President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz has been posted on our home page. You can read it here.

ANOTHER FIREFIGHTER
VICTORIOUS OVER CANCER
Posted January 27, 2014

More good news, out of South Carolina: a 22-year old firefighter who has been in the hospital for the past 10 months fighting a very tough battle with cancer is going home today. We pass along his thanks to all who have been praying for him throughout this ordeal.

AWESOME VICTORY
FOR A FIREFIGHTER
Posted January 22, 2014

We are so thankful to share the awesome news that Tim, a firefighter from Texas who has been fighting a tough battle for a long time, and has endured very intense chemotherapy, was today declared cancer free. Congratulations, Tim! You have overcome, brother! We continue to pray for all those still fighting cancer and other serious illnesses caused by their firefighting career.

ALAN PETELINSEK OF POWER TEST:
KEEP INSPIRING
Posted January 22, 2014

Alan Petelinsek photoWe just had to share another photo of Alan Petelinsek, Owner of Power Test, Inc., a great supporter of Code 3. Alan worked out in -2 degree temperatures yesterday in his home state of Wisconsin. Being based in California, what really fascinated us about this pic is that what we thought was snow on his facial hair is actually the moisture from his breath frozen on his face. Says Alan, "Running, like life, can be a grateful celebration of your health or a miserable trudge. It's all a matter of attitude." Keep inspiring!

ATHLETIC WARRIOR JAKE SINKIEWICZ
Posted January 19, 2014

Jake Sinkiewicz photoFirefighter/Paramedic Jake Sinkiewicz (North Carolina) represented on January 18 by achieving the Little River Trail Runs 7k--in 28 degree weather! This is Jake's first race of the year, and his goal is to complete a variety of races--12 to 14 in all--in 2014. Jake is racing to bring attention to our cause to help firefighters battling cancer. He is also racing to raise awareness about firefighter heart health. Firefighters who race in gear for Code 3 do so to call attention to the fact that, even though firefighters wear their protective gear, it's not always enough to protect them from the toxins which cause cancer. Thank you, Jake. Great job, brother! You can look up Jake via Facebook at Firefighter Jake.

You can watch a great interview of Jake by Kevin Jackson of TEN at TEN here.



MELISSA'S BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A HUGE SUCCESS
Posted January 19, 2014

Melissa photoAn amazing $558 was raised at Melissa's breakfast yesterday. In total, this young lady has raised over $700 for Code 3 since December. We salute and thank Melissa for her incredible efforts in helping us continue to operate and issue funds to firefighters in need who are battling cancer. We also want to thank Melissa's parents, Christie and Rob, for their incredible support (and Rob for his continued service as a firefighter), as well as Applebee's Charles Town, all involved in making the breakfast such a great success, and all the donors who contributed so generously. Thank you.




CODE 3'S YOUNGEST WARRIOR
TO CONDUCT BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
Posted January 17, 2014

Melissa photoMelissa, the amazing teen we have been telling you about who has adopted Code 3 as her cause this year in support of her father and other firefighters, has organized a breakfast fundraiser for Code 3 taking place tomorrow (Saturday) 8am to 10am at Applebee's, 129 Jefferson Crossing Way, Charles Town, WV 25414. We wish the best to Melissa (pictured left sporting her Code 3 shirt), and we thank her, her amazing parents, and all involved in making this fundraiser happen.







GODSPEED, CIELO ACOSTA
Posted January 17, 2014

Cielo Acosta photoGood luck, Cielo Acosta! Tomorrow (Saturday), Cielo will be participating in a virtual run organized by Virtual Run World. He will be racing 54 miles with his Dad from Granger to Mattawa, WA, as he continues on his incredible fundraising campaign for Code 3. (Cielo is shown 2nd from left, top row in our Facebook cover photo.) You can visit Cielo on his Facebook page, and you can ready his amazing story here.






PRAYERS REQUESTED
Posted January 16, 2014

Please, we ask that you pray for all the firefighters, as well as their families, who are battling cancer and other serious diseases caused by their firefighting duties. There are many who are fighting a tough battle right now.

EAT BREAKFAST & SUPPORT FIREFIGHTERS
Posted January 11, 2014

Melissa photoMelissa (shown in photo left) and her Girl Scout troup will be hosting a fundraiser for Code 3 next Saturday, January 18, 8:00am to 10:00am at Applebee's, 129 Jefferson Crossing Way, Charles Town, WV 25414. Come on out for a great breakfast while at the same time supporting our cause to assist firefighters battling cancer! Read more about Melissa.












C3FAC MEETS PAN-CAN
Posted January 10, 2014

Pamela Marquardt, Lorenzo Abundiz, and Peggy Abundiz photoWe had the distinct honor today of meeting with Pamela and Steve Marquardt (not pictured because he took the picture). Pamela founded the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and their story is truly inspiring. Pamela is pictured left with C3FAC Cofounders Lorenzo and Peggy Abundiz. We thank Theresa Oldham, mother of Firefighter Kevin Oldham, for introducing us to this incredible, highly reputable organization whose vision is to double the pancreatic cancer survival rate by 2020. www.pancan.org








SEEKING CORPORATE SPONSORS
Posted January 9, 2014


Sponsorship Porfolio imageWe are currently seeking corporate sponsors for 2014. Companies interested in becoming a sponsor can view the Corporate Sponsorship Portfolio on our Publications page. Join our cause and our team in our efforts across America to fight the war on firefighter cancer.

















THANK YOU, WILLIAM SHATNER
Posted January 6, 2014

William Shatner, you are an honorable man both on and off the screen. Thank you for bringing attention to the cause.

WARRIOR JAMIE CHAMPION
Posted January 6, 2014

Jamie Champion photoThank you, Firefighter Jamie Champion, for all you do and for being such a great representative!


















CODE 3'S NEWEST (AND YOUNGEST)
WARRIOR
Posted January 4, 2014

Melissa photoRemember Melissa? She's the remarkable young lady we told you about back in November. Every year for the past five years for her birthday, Melissa has conducted fundraising campaigns for charitable causes, and she has won awards for her philanthropic efforts. For her 14th birthday, which was in November, Melissa chose Code 3 for a Cure as the beneficiary of choice. Melissa (pictured below) has extended her fundraising campaign and is working on organizing a special event to benefit Code 3 in the near future. Says Melissa, "My dad is a firefighter for 23 years. I know these men & women run in when others run away. I want to let my Dad's fire brothers know that their sacrifice is known, appreciated, & did not go unnoticed." Thank you, Melissa!





ALAN PETELINSEK & POWER TEST, INC.:
GREAT SUPPORTERS OF THE CAUSE
Posted January 3, 2014

Alan Petelinsek photoAlan Petelinsek, of Power Test, Inc., a tremendous supporter of our cause over the past two years, donned his Code 3 for a Cure vest yesterday and braved 6 degrees fahrenheit and 2 inches of fresh snow in Wisconsin to achieve his workout. Way to go, Alan, and THANK YOU.










HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Posted December 31, 2013

Lorenzo Abundiz photoYou can view the C3FAC President's Message for January 2014 here. We wish you all a Safe and Happy New Year!














GRATITUDE AS ANOTHER YEAR
COMES TO A CLOSE
Posted December 31, 2013

As we close out 2013, we have much to be thankful for--all the generous individual donors, hard working athletes and families who have raised funds for the cause, and organizations who have contributed, making it possible for us to give financial assistance to firefighters battling cancer. On behalf of our Board of Directors and our entire team, THANK YOU. We look forward to being able to help in increasingly greater ways in 2014.

HELP US REACH 10,000
BY JANUARY 1
Posted December 28, 2013

C3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz was featured on the television program Rescue 911 when he rescued two firefighters. Doctors suspect that this was the call that caused Lorenzo's first cancer, a rare one called leiomyosarcoma, diagnosed in 1998 (7 years later). The video currently has 9,873 views. We'd like to get it to 10,000 by January 1, 2014, to bring attention once again to the hazards firefighters face in the line of duty--some of which don't surface until years later. View it here.

THANK YOU,
BASS PRO SHOPS
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA
Posted December 27, 2013

We want to once again thank General Manager Bob Minor and Bass Pro Shops - Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as all of its friendly employees and customers, for giving us such a warm welcome over this past week. We enjoyed it so much that we extended our display booth to the day before and day after Christmas. We have met many amazing people, and it has been a truly awesome experience. Thank you so much.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Posted December 25, 2013

Wishing you a magical Christmas!

COME JOIN US
AT BASS PRO SHOPS!
Posted December 21, 2013

C3FAC team at Bass Pro Shops photoCome out to Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga, and pay us a visit! We will be here through the weekend!



















THANK YOU,
BASS PRO SHOPS!
Posted December 21, 2013

Lorenzo Abundiz and Bob MinorC3FAC President Lorenzo Abundiz with Bob Minor, General Manager of Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga, December 20, 2013. We greatly appreciate Bob's incredible support for our cause to assist firefighters who are battling cancer. Thanks, Bob and Bass Pro Shops!








COME VISIT US AT
BASS PRO SHOPS
Posted December 19, 2013

Bass Pro Shops imageC3FAC booth on left. Come join us at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga. We are there through tomorrow!













C3FAC TO SET UP SHOP
AT BASS PRO SHOPS
Posted December 18, 2013

Code 3 for a Cure will be at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA tomorrow and Friday, all day. If you're in the area, stop by our booth and pay us a visit! We'll have various items for sale, perfect for the firefighter on your Christmas shopping list. You can also shop in our online store.

AWESOME NEWS FROM
SOUTH CAROLINA
Posted December 12, 2013

We received awesome news today from a firefighter in South Carolina who has been hospitalized for the past several months because of cancer. His quote: "Got moved from the 7th floor ICU to the 6th floor yesterday! Also I'm very happy to report that my oncologist saw no signs of cancer on my CT Scan!" We congratulate this young hero and his entire family, and we continue to pray for miracle healing for those still fighting the battle.

INTRODUCING FF-P JAKE SINKIEWICZ,
ATHLETIC WARRIOR FOR THE CAUSE
Posted December 11, 2013

Jake Sinkiewicz photoWe are proud to introduce Firefighter/Paramedic Jake Sinkiewicz, from North Carolina. Jake recently climbed aboard as an Athletic Warrior for the cause. His ambitious goal is to compete in one race per month in 2014, eventually leading up to competing in triathlons, and he has already signed up for 7 races. As with all the Warriors we endorse (who are listed on our roster), Jake is fully authorized to seek donations on behalf of C3FAC. All donations made on Jake's fundraising page go directly to C3FAC, and are tax deductible. We are grateful for Jake's honorable efforts.










THEY TOOK ON A CHALLENGE . . .
AND GOT ONE!
CODE 3 BOOT CAMP A HUGE SUCCESS
Posted December 8, 2013

Boot Camp photoThey took on the challenge, and man was it! Scott Keppel and his team of trainers at STS/Scott’s Training Systems pushed the CODE 3 BOOT CAMP participants towards achieving their goals of a great workout through a highly effective system of coaching, and the day culminated in an ultimate yet fun challenge competition for all. Add to that great activities for the kids and an awesome silent auction, and suffice it to say that this was a super event and fundraiser for our Foundation and cause. We are so grateful to STS/Scott’s Training Systems and all its competent training staff for organizing it and putting it on, to Firefighter/NPC Competitor July Miller-Lane for the tremendous work in securing sponsorships and running a great silent auction, to all the sponsors, to the children who added such as special touch by showing their appreciation to all firefighters, to one very special girl who did her own fundraising by making and selling bracelets, and to each and every participant. Thank you so much for your support. Video coming soon! Check out the album on our Facebook page. You can watch the video here. Special thanks also to…

Angie Ring Fitness (Angie Ring)

Anytime Fitness (Jay Bru)

Avi Resort & Casino

The Dolly Steamboat (Cindy Busboom)

Failure’s No Option/FNO (Dorian Temple)

Love Me Creations (Connie Lane)

Mary Kay (Christine Ali)

Miles Productions

Red Star Worldwear

United Screen Printing

Vita Coco

NPC Competitor/Fitness Model Michelle Barnes

Tim Hovik

Fabian Diaz

Captain Martin Hernandez

Kristi and Mia McPoland

William Shatner

Sandy Smith

…for the incredible support!

RUNNING FOR HOPE & HONOR:
C3FAC-RFOBS ACHIEVES REINDEER RUN
December 7, 2013

WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY
"I TOOK ON THE CHALLENGE?"
AND WEAR IT?
SEE YOU TOMORROW!
Posted December 7, 2013

Boot Camp Shirt photoEvent t-shirt for CODE 3 BOOT CAMP tomorrow... thanks to United Screen Printing (Brawley, CA) for the great design! This will be given to the first 50 people who show up and pay their "donation only" entry fee. Registration 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Scott's Training Systems - STS, 6100 W. Gila Springs Place, Suite 23, Chandler, AZ 85226. This is in addition to a souvenir dog tag for everyone, a great workout under the guidance of the fitness experts at STS, activities for the kids, and a great silent auction. See you there, rain or shine...no worries, we've got the bagels and Starbucks Coffee covered! Visit the Event Page for more info.

HONOR
Posted December 7, 2013

Reindeer Run photoQuote from C3FAC-RFOBS Team Leader Alex Murray: "Booth is set up complete with my buddy Jordan Eaddy picture. This run is for you brother 'like a boss' "










CODE 3 BOOT CAMP:
SIGN UP BY MIDNIGHT,
RECEIVE OFFICAL C3FAC PATCH
Posted December 6, 2013

Dog Tag photoAre you anywhere near the Chandler, AZ area? Or in the Southwestern U.S.? Or in the U.S.? Join us! Less than 48 hours to go and we're inching closer to Sunday, December 8…..to CODE 3 BOOT CAMP!!! Will YOU commit to accepting the challenge? Do it by MIDNIGHT tonight by clicking on the "Join" button on the Event Page and receive the official C3FAC patch (along with your souvenir dog tag) at the event upon payment of donation-only entry fee. If you're a "wing-it" kind of person, no worries--we'd love to have you whether you sign up early or not...the advantage to signing up early is receiving the patch. A big THANK YOU to Scott's Training Systems - STS, FF July Miller-Lane, and all who have already committed to accepting the challenge!

RUNNING JERSEY
OF HOPE & HONOR
Posted December 6, 2013

Alex Murray Running Jersey photoLess than 24 hours to go until C3FAC-Running for our Brothers/Sisters represents at the Reindeer Run in downtown Charleston, SC, tomorrow morning. This is the "running jersey" of Alex Murray, Team Leader.

The Reindeer Run, held annually in downtown Charleston, SC, benefits MUSC Children's Hospital, and has played a major role in facilitating the development of programs within the Children's Hospital and the Darby Children's Research Institute. We want to sincerely thank the organizers of the Reindeer Run for their great work and for granting the C3FAC-RFOBS Team permission not only to compete in this great event tomorrow, but also to set up a booth and bring attention to our cause. THANK YOU, Reindeer Run!








PRAYERS REQUESTED
December 5, 2013

We ask for your continued prayers for all the firefighters and civilians who are fighting the fight. May God give their doctors wisdom and their bodies the strength to overcome. Amen.

BECOME A WITNESS OR SUPPORTER OF
HONOR AND DETERMINATION
Posted December 4, 2013

C3FAC-RFOBS photoWould you like to witness honor and determination, and/or make a difference along with them? If so,then come out and support C3FAC-RUNNING FOR OUR BROTHERS/SISTERS at the Reindeer Run in Charleston, SC this Saturday, December 7. If you can’t make it, support them via their Facebook page, or donate on their fundraising page. All proceeds go to Code 3 so we can continue to help firefighters who are battling cancer. If you’re a firefighter, join them. Write to Team Leader Alex Murray at: C3FACRFOBS@gmail.com.

TWO BIG EVENTS
COMING THIS WEEKEND!
Posted December 3, 2013

Event CollageWe have two big events coming up this weekend! Please support one or both. Learn how by clicking on photo left.






THANK YOU, WILLIAM SHATNER
Posted December 3, 2013

Photo collageMade a stop yesterday at William Shatner's office, where he kindly placed his autograph on the C3FAC Fire Helmet of hope & honor. C3FAC warrior Mike Wolczyz presented Mr. Shatner a C3FAC Challenge coin for his continued support.

Left: Mike Wolczyz and Lorenzo Abundiz
Middle: with William Shatner
Right: with Peggy Abundiz

CODE 3 HANGS OUT
IN STUDIO CITY
Posted December 2, 2013

Mike Wolczyz and Lorenzo Abundiz photoFirefighter Mike Wolczyz, member of the "Beasts" from Illinois, visited with Code 3 President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz in Studio City today after a meeting with William Shatner, who kindly autographed some items to be used at future fundraising events. Thanks, Bill! And thanks, Mike, for being such a great Athletic Warrior for the cause.



CIELO ACOSTA ACHIEVES
SEATTLE MARATHON...IN GEAR
Posted December 1, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoFirefighter Cielo Acosta achieved the Seattle Marathon today. Thank you for representing in such a positive way, brother! Quote: "I think I lost an hour just stopping to talk to bystanders and give out stickers and Code 3 for a Cure flyers!" And another great quote from Cielo’s brother, Andres: "My brother, Cielo Acosta, just ran the Seattle Marathon IN FULL FIREMAN'S GEAR to raise money for Code 3 for a Cure, an organization that helps firemen and women who have cancer. Even though he's my ‘little’ brother he's also my hero and my role model." Spreading the word about Code 3 with family support behind you = awesome. We are grateful. Read Cielo’s inspirational story here.






CIELO PASSES MILE MARKER 4.5
OF SEATTLE MARATHON
Posted December 1, 2013

Cielo passed the 4.5 mile mark of the Seattle Marathon at 9:08am this morning! Only 22 more miles to go…in his firefighting gear. Read his amazing story here. One way you can cheer Cielo on as he continues for 22 more miles is by donating to Code 3 via his fundraising page. Go, Cielo, go!

GREETINGS OF THE SEASON
Posted December 1, 2013

Our President's Message for the month of December has been posted on the home page. Read it here.

CIELO ACOSTA TO RUN
SEATTLE MARATHON IN GEAR
Posted November 30, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoWe are grateful and proud that Firefighter Cielo Acosta will be running the Seattle Marathon tomorrow in gear to bring attention to our cause. Cielo is a true Warrior who has overcome tremendous odds to achieve numerous races and climbs this year for Code 3, and his story will inspire you. (Read it here.) Says Cielo, "Thanksgiving reminded me of my many blessings and I'm grateful for my health that enables me to do things like this. I'd like to ask you to share some of your abundance with Code 3 for a Cure. Together we can help firefighters with cancer." You can encourage Cielo in his efforts by donating to Code 3 via his fundraising page.




Thanksgiving Message image

FIREFIGHTER CIELO ACOSTA
TO REPRESENT THIS SUNDAY,
HAS INSPIRING STORY TO TELL
Posted November 27, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoFirefighter Cielo Acosta will be representing our cause this Sunday. Along with those who have battled or are battling cancer, Cielo is a living example of how you can overcome just about anything through work and determination… and God. Says Cielo, "This Sunday is my last event of 2013, I will run the Seattle Marathon in my turnout gear. Why? Because I believe in challenging my perceived limits and helping others. I pray I will have God's strength with me to finish strong and make a difference somehow. I've done a lot of events this past year to raise funds and awareness to help firefighters affected by cancer. Please take a moment to check out my page and support me in my continuing mission by making a donation. I'm running because I haven't always been able. Many of you know, 5 years ago I nearly lost my leg after being t-boned by an SUV while working in Seattle as a bike messenger. It took me a year to walk again. From hospital to bed to wheel chair to crutches to cane. I realized a long time ago I am the only one who limits myself. I'm running the Amica Seattle Marathon in my fire gear to challenge myself and to support firefighters fighting their own battle with cancer. I hope to use it as an opportunity to inspire others to be active and to help others however they can. Firefighters helped get me to the hospital after my accident and now I'm the firefighter helping others. The rod, screws and scars still hurt my leg but I know my pain pales in comparison to what cancer patients go through. Please take some time to give to Code 3 for a Cure Foundation. Take this opportunity to give a penny, a dollar, or even 10 for every mile I am running. $2.62, $26.20 or $262.00. Thank you."

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SIGN UP TODAY!
ALL AGES & FITNESS LEVELS WELCOME
AT CODE 3 BOOT CAMP
Posted November 26, 2013

CODE 3 BOOT CAMP imageLess than two weeks to go until CODE 3 BOOT CAMP and we are excited! A great workout for people of ALL ages and fitness levels under the guidance of fitness experts while helping firefighters battling cancer, a souvenir for all participants, t-shirt for first 50, and an official Code 3 patch for all who sign up on our event page by December 6 and show up at the event (which is on DECEMBER 8) and pay their donation only entry fee! We also have lots of great prizes lined up for the silent auction, thanks to the event sponsors, as well as great activities for the kids! Huge shout-out and thanks to Scott Keppel of STS Scott's Training Systems and FF July Miller-Lane for making it all happen, and to all of you who have already signed up on the event page. Without you, none of this would be possible. Thank you!

MISS CODE 3 ON
LOW COUNTRY LIVE THIS MORNING?
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!
Posted November 25, 2013

Code 3 on Low Country Live imageIf you missed this morning's interview of C3FAC-RFOBSTeam Leader Alex Murray, you can watch it here. Congrats to Alex on an awesome job representing! Special thanks to Tessa Spencer, Lauren Raycroft, and the entire staff at ABC News 4 Charleston's Lowcountry Live for the great coverage!








CODE 3 TO BE FEATURED
ON LOWCOUNTRY LIVE
TOMORROW MORNING
Posted November 24, 2013

Tune in to Lowcountry Live tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. EST as FF Alex Murray of C3FAC-Running for Our Brothers/Sisters talks about the cause of Code 3. You can catch the live stream here. We thank Alex for all he and his team are doing to further the cause, and we thank ABC News 4 Charleston for having us on the show!

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY
TO THE YOUNGEST
CODE 3 WARRIOR
Posted November 24, 2013

Birthday Cake imageRemember Melissa, the remarkable young teen we told you about who wants to conduct a fundraising campaign for Code 3 in celebration of her birthday? Well, today is her actual birthday. So we want to wish a very Happy Birthday to Melissa, the youngest Warrior of Hope and Honor. Happy Birthday, Melissa, and thank you for all you are doing for the cause!

TORRANCE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION
GENEROUSLY DONATES TO CODE 3
Posted November 24, 2013

TFFA and Rick Van Tuyl imageWe received a very generous donation this morning for the second year in a row "on behalf of Rick VanTuyl and the entire membership of the Torrance Firefighters Association Local #1138." Thank you so very much, Rick and TFFA, for helping us continue to operate and issue funds to firefighters in need!










FF ALEX MURRAY TO APPEAR
ON "LOW COUNTRY LIVE"
Posted November 23, 2013

C3FAC-RFOBS photoFirefighter Alex Murray (pictured left in photo) of C3FAC-Running for Our Brothers/Sisters (C3FAC-RFOBS) will be on "Low Country Live" on WCIV-TV ABC News 4 Charleston, S.C. this Monday, November 25, 10:00-11:00 a.m. EST. Alex, thank you for bringing attention to the cause and for helping our brother and sister firefighters.

And just two weeks left until Alex and his fellow C3FAC-RFOBS team members race in the Reindeer Run in Charleston, S.C. on December 7 to represent our cause. It's not too late to join them. Visit their Facebook page or email C3FACRFOBS@gmail.com

MELISSA'S FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
FOR OUR CAUSE
Posted November 23, 2013

We received an email yesterday from a remarkable young teen named Melissa who, for the past five years for her birthday, has conducted fundraising campaigns for charitable causes, winning awards for her philanthropic efforts. This year, she has chosen our cause because, in her words, "My dad is a firefighter for 23 years. I know these men & women run in when others run away." Here is part of the message she plans to send to friends, friends of friends, and family: "I want to let my Dad's fire brothers know that their sacrifice is known, appreciated, & did not go unnoticed. We have all heard how these men & women work hard long hours & that they run in when everyone else runs away. Let's not run away from them. We can & we will make a difference together." If you would like to show Melissa support for her efforts while supporting our cause to financially assist firefighters battling cancer, you can do so by donating either through Paypal or by mailing a check. Please note "Melissa" in the comments or memo. Details on how to donate can be found on our Donate page. Melissa’s campaign ends December 1.

WANT A GREAT WORKOUT?
CODE 3 BOOT CAMP
Posted November 18, 2013

Code 3 Boot Camp imageWant to reap the benefits of a great morning workout under the guidance of fitness experts, all while helping firefighters who are battling cancer? Then come to our CODE 3 BOOT CAMP on Sunday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m. (registration 7:30-8:30) at STS/Scott’s Training Systems in Chandler, AZ. ALL ages and fitness levels welcome. EVERY entrant will receive an event souvenir. We’ll have a boot camp for kids as well, and activities for the little ones. Event will include a silent auction with great prizes, including a DATE WITH A FIREFIGHTER! Check out all the details on our Facebook event page. RSVP by December 6 by clicking the “Join” button on the event page and receive the official Code 3 patch at registration with your donation only entry fee, along with your event souvenir!

MO-HAWK LESS CANCER
HELPS US HELP FIREFIGHTERS
Posted November 14, 2013

We have created an album on Facebook containing thank you cards from some of the firefighters who have received assistance from C3FAC through funds raised at the MO-HAWK LESS CANCER MOTORCYCLE RIDE AND JAM on September 7. We owe our deepest gratitude to Dan and Theresa Oldham and the entire Oldham family for the tremendous work they put in to organizing the event, held in honor of their son, Firefighter Kevin Oldham of the Waukegan Fire Department, a Warrior and integral part of the C3FAC team whose story and spirit we will always carry with us. We cannot express how overwhelmed we feel when we receive cards like this from firefighters. We want to thank all those who came out and supported this great event. Many firefighter heroes will receive needed assistance because of you.

IN HONOR OF OUR VETERANS
Posted November 10, 2013

CALLING ALL ATHLETES
Posted November 10, 2013

CALLING ALL ATHLETES: Climb on board the cause of hope and honor!












OUR GRATITUDE TO
TEAM FIREFIGHTER & IRONMAN FOUNDATION
Posted November 9, 2013

We are grateful to Team Firefighter for staffing an aid station at Ironman Lake Tahoe and designating Code 3 for a Cure as a recipient of the resulting contribution from the Ironman Foundation. Thanks to Team Firefighter and Ironman, we received a check for $750, providing much needed funding to help C3FAC continue to operate and issue funds to firefighters in need who are battling cancer. Thank you, Team Firefighter and Ironman Foundation!

OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE:
"C3FAC-RUNNING FOR OUR BROTHERS/SISTERS"
Posted November 7, 2013

Our latest Press Release, on the amazing team out of South Carolina called "C3FAC-Running For Our Brothers and Sisters." Read the pdf version here.









HOPE AND HONOR
REIGNED SUPREME
Posted November 6, 2013

We were compelled to share this inspirational video of FF Katrina Silvia's 2013 Ironman Florida journey. It shows her drive to do what most people wouldn't, in order to honor and remember her friend FF Andre Hills and to show her support for all firefighters who, as she put it, "are in the heat of the battle." We salute Katrina for her incredible quest as she pushed herself through various obstacles, including stomach ailments which plagued her for a good portion of the race, to cross that finish line more than 20 minutes faster than last year. We also salute her other half, Ryan Simmons, for putting this great video together, all her family, and everyone who came out and supported her, including that incredibly special woman who put that medal around her neck. Hope and honor reigned on this day.

OFFICIAL C3FAC CHALLENGE COIN
NOW AVAILABLE IN OUR ONLINE STORE
Posted November 5, 2013

Introducing the "Taking on the Challenge" coin...the official challenge coin of the Code 3 for a Cure Foundation. This unique, one-of-a-kind brass coin is 2 inches in diameter, double sided, and exquisitely detailed. Katrina will be receiving hers for achieving Ironman Florida as a representative of Code 3. But you don't have to do a triathlon to get yours...all you have to do is purchase one. In so doing, you will be helping us continue to give financial help to firefighters in need who are battling cancer. Available now in our Online Store.

FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
ACHIEVES IRONMAN FLORIDA IN GEAR
Posted November 2, 2013

Katrina Silvia photoFirefighter Katrina Silvia, our National Ambassador, has done it again. Tonight, for the second year in a row, she finished the Ironman Florida in her firefighting gear; only this time, she SPRINTED across the finish line and beat last year's time by more than 20 minutes. We are so proud of this incredible Warrior, firefighter, wife and mother of two. What a testimony to the human spirit. She dedicated her race to Firefighter/Paramedic/Nurse Andre Hills and in support of all firefighters who are battling or have battled cancer. We are grateful that Katrina has chosen Code 3 for a Cure as a cause she supports. We thank all of you who have supported her through this incredible quest of hope and honor by liking the posts on our Facebook page, making such positive and encouraging remarks, and donating on her fundraising page. Support such as this enables us to continue issuing funds to firefighters in need who are battling cancer. Since we began issuing funds in June 2012 we have not had to turn away any firefighter who has requested assistance, nor have we had to initiate a waiting list. We thank you so much for your support so that we can continue to help the heroes who are there to help each and every one of us in our time of need. Check out the great news clip and article by ABC-WJHG News Channel 7. You can also Read more about Katrina.

FIREFIGHTER CIELO ACOSTA
TO REPRESENT AT SKYRISE CHICAGO
Posted November 2, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoAs we await Katrina’s finish of the bike portion of Ironman Florida, we look forward to another incredible event, taking place tomorrow: Firefighter CIELO ACOSTA’s achievement of the SKYRISE CHICAGO, an annual 103 FLOOR stair climb in Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) which benefits the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Cielo has already achieved a myriad of races this year representing C3FAC. He started his 2013 season in Seattle on March 10 with The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, climbing up 69 floors with 50 lbs of full fire protective gear breathing air from his SCBA, and finished in less than 22 minutes. He then traveled to San Francisco later that month for the Fight For Air Climb, racing up 52 floors in full gear in just 13:24 minutes and getting the fastest time in the individual firefighter division! In April, Cielo achieved a full marathon--the Yakima River Canyon Marathon-- in full fire gear with airpack! He also participated in the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in September, winning 29th overall after climbing 40 floors in 9:06 in full gear on air from his SCBA. In addition to all of that, Cielo has already raced in several 5Ks and two half marathons this year, all in his gear. At every race, he hands out C3FAC flyers and shares our mission with attendees and other athletes. The man is an animal, and we feel so fortunate to have him on our team.

GODSPEED TO KATRINA SILVIA
AS SHE SETS OUT TO ACHIEVE
IRONMAN FLORIDA IN GEAR
Posted November 1, 2013

Katrina Silvia photoTomorrow (November 2, 2013), our National Ambassador, Firefighter Katrina Silvia, will accomplish the unthinkable when, for the second year in a row, she will achieve the Ironman Florida full distance triathlon with an added challenge: after completing the 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike ride, she will don her firefighting gear to finish the grueling 26.2 mile marathon portion of the triathlon. We are so grateful to Katrina for all she has done and continues to do for the cause, and wish her the very best tomorrow. Go get 'em, Katrina, you got this! Read more about Katrina, and watch firefighters from South Shore, WI and Waukegan, IL giving Katrina best wishes for her race.

INTRODUCING C3FAC'S OFFICIAL
"TAKING ON THE CHALLENGE" COIN
Posted November 1, 2013

Challenge Coin photoOur new "Taking on the Challenge" Coin was a big hit at the Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge, and will be available for purchase in our Online Store beginning November 5. Huge shout-out and thanks to Kevin and the entire staff at Adrenaline Challenge Coins for developing and producing this one-of-a-kind, beautifully detailed 2" brass coin. We would also like to congratulate Adrenaline on being the provider of the only officially licensed challenge coin of the National Hockey League.

NOVEMBER HAS ARRIVED!
Posted November 1, 2013

The November President's Message has been posted. Check it out on our Home page.

JOHN THOMAS DELUCCHI
December 2, 1958 - October 19, 2013

Rest in peace, brother. Forever a husband, father, hero, and friend. View news link.

FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA:
IRONMAN OF HOPE AND HONOR
Posted October 30, 2013

Katrina Silvia photoOn November 3, 2012, Firefighter Katrina Silvia, C3FAC National Ambassador, achieved the Ironman Florida, finishing the last of 3 segments, the 26.2 mile marathon portion of the race, in her firefighting gear, including air tank and helmet--after finishing the 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike ride. She did this to represent our cause to assist firefighters across the country who are battling cancer. Katrina will repeat the same incredible feat this Saturday, November 2, as she finishes the 2013 Ironman Florida in the same fashion, in honor of her dear friend, Firefighter/Paramedic/Nurse Andre Hills, who passed away from cancer on June 4, 2013. Read more about Katrina and view a special video tribute to her by the South Shore and Waukegan Firefighters. Read the Press Release here.

SCOTT WORLD
FIREFIGHTER COMBAT CHALLENGE
Posted October 30, 2013

Scott World FF Combat Challenge photoThe Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge, held in Las Vegas, NV this year (October 22-27, 2013), was a very beneficial and fulfilling experience for the C3FAC team. In addition to having a booth all week at the event and meeting firefighters from all over the country and the world, the “Code 3 Cancer Terminators” competed in an exhibition event on October 23, and the “On Fire For Poker” Charity Poker Tournament was held at the Stratosphere on October 24 as a fundraiser for our cause. During the Challenge Banquet on October 25, Cofounders Lorenzo and Peggy Abundiz had the opportunity to speak and express their gratitude on behalf of C3FAC to Firefighter Jake Jacobsmeyer (Las Vegas Fire Department) and Dr. Paul Davis (On-Target, Inc.) by presenting each of them with a mounted C3FAC Warrior helmet shield plaque (thanks to D.E. Williams Shields. Jake organized the World Challenge this year, initiated the Charity Poker Tournament, and has been extremely supportive of the C3FAC cause. Dr. Paul Davis is the Founder of the Firefighter Combat Challenge, and we are grateful to him for allowing the C3FAC team to be a part of this great event. We are also very thankful to Stratosphere General Manager Paul Hobson, Poker Room Manager Richard Luksza and staff, those who came out and supported us at the Poker Tournament, and all who came out to our booth and supported us through the purchase of an item or just by visiting. Special thanks to Mike Specht, President of Dragon Fighters, Inc., for being the winning bidder on the C3FAC Warrior Helmet. If you missed the opportunity to get your hands on our incredible Challenge Coin, no worries—it will soon be available in our Online Store. Thanks to Adrenaline Challenge Coins for the miraculous production of this beautifully detailed, 2-inch brass coin.

FIREFIGHTER ETHAN DADE
ACHIEVES HALF MARATHON IN GEAR
Posted October 30, 2013

Ethan Dade photoOn Sunday, October 27, 2013, Firefighter Ethan Dade achieved the St. Louis Rock n Roll Half Marathon-- in his firefighting gear, including air tank and helmet. Ethan, you are a Code 3 Cancer Terminator. Way to go, brother, and way to represent at the St. Louis Rock N Roll Half Marathon!







FIREFIGHTER ETHAN DADE
TO REPRESENT AT ST. LOUIS
ROCK N ROLL HALF MARATHON
Posted October 26, 2013

Ethan Dade photoHe's going to do it again! Firefighter Ethan Dade will run the St. Louis Rock n Roll Half Marathon tomorrow--in his firefighting gear, including SCBA and helmet. And today is his birthday. Happy Birthday, brother! Thank you for representing, and Godspeed!







THE "CODE 3 CANCER TERMINATORS"
COMPETE AT SCOTT WORLD
FF COMBAT CHALLENGE ON 10/23/13
Posted October 25, 2013

ON FIRE FOR POKER!
Posted October 24, 2013

Poker Tournament Winners photoThe "ON FIRE FOR POKER" CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT today was an incredible success, thanks to these winners and all those who participated. Special thanks to Firefighter Jake Jacobsmeyer, Combat Challenge Coordinator who made this tournament possible, and the Stratosphere staff for all the help and assistance. Special thanks also to Tony of PokerPrayers.com for his generous donation of shirts for the tournament. Our humble gratitude to you all for helping support C3FAC so we can continue to assist firefighters who are battling cancer.

MEET THE
CODE 3 CANCER TERMINATORS
Posted October 23, 2013

The CODE 3 CANCER TERMINATORS will compete this afternoon at the Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge. Below is a picture of each of them, along with that team member's statement of what this race means to them.

Mike Cook photoMIKE COOK

"Cancer is an unnecessary evil which families across the world deal with on a daily basis. I've had several family members lose the battle to cancer over the years, and unfortunately I'm sure it's not the last I'll see of it. Code 3 for a Cure is an organization which goes above and beyond for firefighters and their families during the most difficult time in their lives. I'm proud to be representing Code 3 for a Cure in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada this year." -Mike Cook-

Jon Shirk photoJON SHIRK

"Some words that come to mind when you think of a firefighter are: brave, strong, fearless, courageous, daring, risky, and hero but most people would never associate firefighter with the word cancer; heroes donʼt get cancer, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, the reality is, more and more firefighters are struggling with cancer each day.

Luckily, I have not had a personal experience with cancer, but I have certainly heard the stories, witnessed the tears, felt the heartache and, therefore, understand just how important it is to have a foundation such as Code 3 for a Cure.

As the saying goes, 'firefighters run into burning buildings while everyone else is running out.' We are the tough ones, we do the saving. But turns out, sometimes, it is actually the firefighter that needs to be saved, and Code 3 for a Cure is that savior." -Jon Shirk-

Mike Wolczyz photoMIKE WOLCZYZ

"For some of our brother and sisters in the fire service, the battle has moved from the fireground to the homefront. Saving lives and protecting property has been put on hold. The struggle of seeing their child's next birthday, or celebrating another year of marriage is the fight at hand. Those engaged in this fight need help and support from our community. I am watching several friends right now fighting cancer. With treatment and support, they are making progress against the toughest challenge of their lives. We adapt and overcome anything that is put in front of us. Cancer shouldn't be any different." –Mike Wolczyz

Peggy Abundiz photoPEGGY ABUNDIZ

"I am undeserving of wearing the armor that heroes wear, but I will wear it proudly to represent my husband, Lorenzo Abundiz, and to show support for all firefighters who have fought and who are currently fighting cancer. I will be going 'Code 3 for a Cure' with the fire hose and when I squirt water on the target it will symbolize the extinguishing of all cancers forever. I will be dedicating my race to Las Vegas Firefighter/Engineer John Delucchi, who went to Heaven on October 19, 2013 after his courageous battle, and to his incredible wife Denise and their beautiful family." -Peggy Abundiz-

C3FAC TEAM ATTENDS THE
SCOTT WORLD FIREFIGHTER COMBAT CHALLENGE,
OCTOBER 22-27
Posted October 22, 2013

We are at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas this week attending the Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge. We have our booth set up and will be competing in an exhibition relay event tomorrow (Wednesday, October 23). Our team is called the "CODE 3 CANCER TERMINATORS." The week will also include a Charity Poker Tournament to benefit our cause on Thursday, October 24 in the Stratosphere poker room. Look for updates and pics throughout the week on our Facebook page. Many thanks to Scott Safety, Las Vegas Firefighter Jake Jacobsmeyer, and the Stratosphere for allowing us to be a part of this great event.

MEDIA SPOTLIGHTS
C3FAC-RFOBS TEAM
Posted October 21, 2013

We owe a huge thanks to the C3FAC-RFOBS team members who achieved the Hilton Head 5k yesterday: Alex Murray, Jed Huth, and Kirk Prinsen. We also want to congratulate Kirk on winning 3rd place in his age group...gear and all. Great job, brothers! The team also received some well deserved recognition from the media: a great video (shown left) and write-up by The Island Packet, and coverage by WJCL News.

ELIZABETH BOER
ACHIEVES HALF MARATHON
Posted October 20, 2013

Elizabeth Boer has achieved the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco, CA representing C3FAC. Way to go, Elizabeth, and thank you!

LAST CHANCE FOR EARLY RSVP
AND EXTRA 1,000 IN POKER CHIPS!
Posted October 20, 2013

LAST CHANCE! Early RSVP for our Poker Tournament closes at MIDNIGHT tonight. Don't miss your extra 1,000 in chips! Click here for info.

FFs BRIAN HACKENBURG & PAUL HASENMEIER
REPRESENT AT PERKINS GIRLS CC 5K
Posted October 20, 2013

Brian Hackenburg and Paul Hasenmeier photoAs we cheer on Elizabeth Boer on the west coast (in the process of achieving her first half marathon) and the incredible "C3FAC-Running for our Brothers/Sisters" on the east coast, who achieved a 5k in gear this morning (see post below), we just learned that we have representation in the midwest as well. Firefighters BRIAN HACKENBURG and PAUL HASENMEIER achieved the Perkins Girls Cross Country Halloween 5k in Sandusky, Ohio, in their gear wearing their C3FAC Warrior helmet shields. Even Forrest Gump showed up. Forrest observed, "They went as firefighters." Thank you, brothers!

"C3FAC-RFOBS" ACHIEVES
FIRST OFFICIAL RACE FOR C3FAC
Posted October 20, 2013

Hilton Head Bridge 5k photoThe amazing “C3FAC-Running for Our Brothers/Sisters” achieved their first “official” race today since coming together as a formally named team. They did this to recognize a brother firefighter who is a true warrior in his fight, and to call attention to our cause of addressing firefighter cancer. They set up a booth and ran in their firefighting gear carrying our flag. In doing so, the team brought great honor to C3FAC. We thank the Hilton Head Fire Department for coming out to encourage them, as well as Bear Foot Sports for the support.

Check out the album on Facebook.

RSVP BY TOMORROW
TO CLAIM YOUR EXTRA
1,000 IN CHIPS!
Posted October 19, 2013

Poker Tournament flierPoker Tournament to benefit our cause. For details, click on flier or visit our event page.











WISHING GODSPEED
FROM COAST TO COAST
Posted October 19, 2013

We wish Godspeed and best of luck from coast to coast: Elizabeth Boer on the west coast, and C3FAC-Running for our Brothers/Sisters on the east coast. They will be representing our cause tomorrow through their tremendous athletic efforts. For hope. For honor.

Elizabeth Boer and RFOBS photos

CANCER COMPELS FIREFIGHTERS
TO GO BEYOND THE CALL
Posted October 19, 2013

Press Release imageMEET THE “CODE 3 CANCER TERMINATORS,” who will represent C3FAC in an exhibition event on October 23 during the Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge. Read the Press Release here.












DEADLINE LOOMS FOR
YOUR EXTRA 1,000 IN POKER CHIPS!
Posted October 18, 2013

Challenge Coin imageReminder that if you RSVP by this Sunday that you will be participating in our upcoming Poker Tournament (October 24 at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas), you will receive an extra 1,000 in poker chips at sign-in, with paid entry (in addition to our official Challenge Coin, shown left, and a chance at some great prizes). RSVP by emailing firefighters@code3foracure.org or by indicating you are going on our event page.

ELIZABETH BOER
TO ACHIEVE HALF MARATHON,
REPRESENT C3FAC
Posted October 17, 2013

Elizabeth Boer shirt photoWe are excited and greatly honored to have our Foundation and cause being represented in two different races this Sunday, on opposite coasts. In addition to the incredible "C3FAC-Running for our Brothers/Sisters," who will be running in their firefighter gear in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, ELIZABETH BOER will be achieving her first half marathon at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, California. Elizabeth is the determined wife of a firefighter, and will be dedicating her race in part to one firefighter hero who passed from cancer and two firefighters who are currently battling the disease. We greatly appreciate the fact that Elizabeth will be wearing her C3FAC patch on her LLS shirt as she honors and supports these heroes. Read her story on her C3FAC fundraising page.

C3FAC - RUNNING FOR
OUR BROTHERS/SISTERS
Posted October 16, 2013

Flier - C3FAC Running for Our Brothers and Sisters"C3FAC - Running for our Brothers/Sisters" is a group of firefighters from various parts of South Carolina who will be competing in the Hilton Head Bridge 5k this Sunday. They first joined together as a team when they ran in their firefighting gear at a 5k fundraiser for a young brother firefighter who is battling cancer. That sparked a desire within these heroes to do more—not just for him, but for all their brother and sister firefighters who battle with cancer daily. To that end, the team will be competing in various races, in their gear, with the hopes of calling attention to the prevalence of cancer among firefighters and to raise funds for our cause. The Hilton Head Bridge 5k will be their first official race in this capacity. Please support them in their amazing quest by liking their Facebook page.





THANKS, DIEGO'S!
Posted October 15, 2013

Diego's Taco Shop photoThanks to Diego's Taco Shop for supporting the cause wholeheartedly by posting our fliers, etc. in all their shop windows on a continual basis--including our patch decal, pictured here, with proprietor Beto (left) and Vanessa. AND they have great food to boot! Thank you, Diego's!






WE PROUDLY INTRODUCE:
THE C3FAC CHALLENGE COIN
Posted October 14, 2013

C3FAC Challenge Coin imageWe are proud to introduce the C3FAC CHALLENGE COIN. This high quality coin is FREE to all who play in the Charity Poker Tournament on October 24 at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, proceeds to benefit our cause. RSVP by October 20 that you will be playing in the Tournament and receive an extra 1,000 in chips. You can RSVP either by emailing us at firefighters@code3foracure.org or by indicating you are going on our Event Page on Facebook.

The coin will also be available for purchase at our booth at the Scott World Firefighter Challenge, October 22-27 at the Stratosphere, and in the near future in our Online Store.

The C3FAC Challenge Coin would not have been possible without the expert craftsmanship and reliability of Adrenaline Challenge Coins (www.AdrenalineChallengeCoins.com), and we want to send a big THANK YOU to Kevin and the entire staff at Adrenaline for going above and beyond the call to get this done. We also congratulate Adrenaline on providing the ONLY officially licensed challenge coin of the National Hockey League. Check it out: www.NHLChallengeCoins.com

MBH RACING "PULLS"
FOR HOPE AND HONOR
Posted October 13, 2013

We are pleased to announce that on October 12, 2013, during a truck and tractor pull event at the Modesto Junior College Pavilion in California, MBH Racing promoted the C3FAC cause through their entry in the event: their truck, named “CODE 3,” a 1962 Dodge power wagon that runs in the street modified class. AND "CODE 3" WON FIRST PLACE! MBH Racing is made up of volunteer firefighters, and the CODE 3 truck travels the state to different pull events all year long. Many thanks to John and everyone at MBH Racing for their service as firefighters, and for this great honor, and congratulations on winning first place! Check out MBH Racing's cool Facebook page.

POKER TOURNAMENT AT STRATOSPHERE!
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT C3FAC
Posted October 10, 2013

Poker Tournament flierDon't miss it! The Poker Tournament will be held at Stratosphere Las Vegas on October 24 at 5:00pm (sign-in 2:30-4:30pm) RSVP by October 20 that you are playing in the tournament to receive your extra 1,000 in chips (at sign-in with paid entry). You can RSVP either through our event site on Facebook or by emailing us at firefighters@code3foracure.org. In addition to cash prizes for the winners, we will be randomly giving away Code 3 items, as well as gift cards to Bass Pro shops, Victoria's Secret, and more!












OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE:
"FIREFIGHTERS GOING BEYOND THE CALL"
Posted October 7, 2013

Press Release imageOur latest press release has been posted, highlighting RUNNING FOR OUR BROTHERS/SISTERS, a group of firefighters in South Carolina who are going above and beyond by running in their gear to raise funds for our cause. Their next race is a the Hilton Head Bridge 5k on October 20, and any firefighter who wants to join them can email C3FACRFOBS@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/runningforourbrothers.

For all of our latest press releases, visit our Press Release page.







KATRINA SILVIA REPRESENTS
AT MARINE CORPS HALF MARATHON
Posted October 5, 2013

Katrina Silvia photoToday, Firefighter Katrina Silvia, wife, mother of two, and C3FAC National Ambassador, again represented our cause in an incredible way. She ran the Jacksonville Marine Corps Half Marathon in her firefighter gear, including air tank and helmet, in honor of Firefighter Andre Hills, her comrade who, after fighting with valor and courage, passed away from cancer on June 4, 2013. You can read about it in her own words in the Album pictures on our Facebook page. You can also learn more about Katrina and why she was selected as our National Ambassador. Congratulations on another great accomplishment, Katrina! Thank you for being such a blessing to Code 3 for a Cure.

Katrina's next race will be the Ironman Florida full distance triathlon on November 2. After swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112, she will don her firefighter gear for the 26.2 mile marathon portion of the race. She will do this for our cause, for all her fellow firefighters who are battling cancer, and in honor of Firefighter Andre Hill.

FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
TO ACHIEVE MARINE CORPS HALF MARATHON
Posted October 4, 2013

Katrina Silvia photoOnce again, Firefighter Katrina Silvia, our National Ambassador, will take on another challenge for the cause when she achieves the Jacksonville Marine Corps Half Marathon tomorrow (Saturday, October 5). Once again, she will be wearing her full firefighter gear to bring attention to our cause of helping firefighters stricken with cancer. All of us here at C3FAC are very proud of her continual amazing efforts. Godspeed, Katrina! Read more about her.

Show Katrina you support her efforts by donating on her fundraising page. Proceeds go directly to C3FAC.




LOTS OF COOKIES COMING TO
WORLD FF COMBAT CHALLENGE!
Posted October 3, 2013

Almond Cookies photoThanks to JSL Foods, Inc.. We will have a huge supply of these delicious Twin Dragon Almond Cookies available at our booth for everyone to enjoy during the Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge October 22-27. We'll see you there! And don't forget to sign up for the "ON FIRE FOR POKER" Charity Poker Tournament happening on October 24 in the Stratosphere poker room, proceeds to benefit our Foundation and cause!

THANKS TO FF ROBERT NICHOLS,
RANDOLPH MANTOOTH
RECEIVES C3FAC LITERATURE
Posted October 2, 2013

Robert Nichols and Randolph Mantooth photoYesterday, Firefighter Robert Nichols, accompanied by his son JP, met Randolph Mantooth and presented him with our literature. (You can see the materials sitting near his elbow). Thank you, Robert and JP, for being true Warriors for the cause!






PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE POSTED
October 1, 2013

Welcome October! The monthly message from C3FAC President Lorenzo Abundiz is now posted on our Home page.

C3FAC FEATURED ON
WISE GUYS SIT-DOWN SHOW RADIO PROGRAM
Posted September 28, 2013

Wise Guys photoFrom heartfelt advice to hard-hitting opinions to gut-busting tales, everyone loves being part of the family during The Wise Guys Sit-Down Show.That's why, when the Code 3 for a Cure team was invited to attend and be a guest on the show at today's live broadcast, we didn't hesitate. The fact that it was set against the incredible ambiance of Angelo's and Vinci's Ristorante only made the experience that much richer--and tastier, as patrons chose from a special menu of Wise Guys style fare, in addition to the usual extensive menu of impressive dishes.

Of course, it is always a pleasure spending time with the show's producer, Chris Carley. C3FAC President Lorenzo Abundiz had the opportunity to speak about the purpose of the Foundation, the upcoming Poker Tournament on October 24, and the C3FAC Warrior Helmet signed by William Shatner that will be auctioned during the Scott World Firefighter Challenge that week. Add to that the honor of meeting hosts Albert DeRobbio and Nicky Barrilla in person for the first time, as well as President Michael Horn of CRN Digital Talk Radio and his staff, witnessing the Person of the Week award presented to the deserving and distinguished Colonel Steve Heywood of the U.S. Marine Corps, and the complete and total graciousness of Angelo's and Vinci's owner Cynthia Peck and staff, and the day was complete. Thank you, Wise Guys, CRN Digital Talk Radio, and Angelo's and Vinci's! We salute you all. Arrivederci.

Check out the Album on our Facebook page.

JOIN US TOMORROW!
Posted September 27, 2013

Don't forget to join us tomorrow Noon to 3pm PST for the Wise Guys' Live Radio Broadcast (including an interview with C3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz) from Angelo's And Vinci's Ristorante in beautiful downtown Fullerton, 550 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA. If you can't join us there in person, listen live! Read more.

FF TIM PRISTATSKIY
BRINGS ATTENTION TO THE CAUSE
Posted September 27, 2013

Tim Pristatskiy photoWe were just informed by FF Tim Pristatskiy (shown center) that he wore his C3FAC t-shirt today during the filming of a segment from the A&E show Shipping Wars. The segment will air in December or January. Thanks, Tim, for bringing exposure to the cause!







THANK YOU,
CARLIN & BUCHSBAUM
Posted September 27, 2013

We thank the Law Offices of Carlin & Buchsbaum for helping us support firefighters who are battling cancer. Please help us thank them by liking the Carlin & Buchsbaum page on Facebook.

OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE
Posted September 26, 2013

View our latest Press Release, regarding our upcoming Poker Tournament at the Stratosphere. View all of our Press Releases by visiting our Press Release page.

JOIN US THIS SATURDAY!
WISE GUYS RADIO SHOW
Posted September 26, 2013

Join us this Saturday, September 28, Noon to 3pm for the Wise Guys' Live Radio Broadcast (including an interview with C3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz) from Angelo's & Vinci's Ristorante in beautiful downtown Fullerton, 550 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA. If you can't join us there in person, listen live!

C3FAC SALUTES THE
SOCIETY OF HOUSTON LATINO FIREFIGHTERS
Posted September 25, 2013

We salute the Society of Houston Latino Firefighters. Led by Chief Lorenzo "L.D." Diaz, SHL is the organization that is working hard to create the first ever FIREFIGHTER HOUSE, now under construction, which will provide a place of serenity for firefighters from all over the country to stay as they undergo extended cancer treatments in the Houston area. Please check out the SHL Facebook Page and support their heroic efforts!

ANYONE FOR POKER?
Posted September 25, 2013

Poker Tournament flierWHAT: Poker Tournament to benefit C3FAC

WHEN: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5:00pm (registration 2:30-4:30pm)

WHERE:
Stratosphere poker room, Las Vegas

COST: $55 entry fee includes souvenir coin and 3,000 in chips.

RSVP HERE by October 20 that you are going and receive an extra 1,000 in chips at sign-in with paid entry!







CONGRATS AND THANK YOU
TO TEAM FIREFIGHTER
Posted September 23, 2013

Super Shout-Out to Team Firefighter members KYLE HAMILTON and BRYAN HUNT on finishing the Ironman Lake Tahoe yesterday. That was one tough course and an awesome achievement. Way to go, brothers! Team Firefighter is a great supporter of our Foundation and cause, and during the race manned an aide station which will result in a $1,000 donation to C3FAC from the Ironman Foundation. Thank you, Ironman, and thank you Team Firefighter!

FF CIELO ACOSTA REPRESENTS
AT PORTLAND FF STAIR CLIMB
Posted September 22, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoCongratulations to Firefighter Cielo Acosta, who achieved the 42-story climb to victory today. Way to represent!











OUR GRATITUDE TO
WARM GLOW CANDLE COMPANY
Posted September 22, 2013

Thanks to the Warm Glow Candle Company in Centerville, Indiana, the C3FAC team was able to present a beautiful red, white, and blue candle to Chief Lorenzo "L.D." Diaz as a symbol of peace and tranquility for the future Firefighter House at Houston's Old Station 27. Thanks, Warm Glow! Check them out on Facebook.

FF BENJAMIN RACHO REPRESENTS
Posted September 22, 2013

Benjamin Racho photoFirefighter BENJAMIN RACHO (the silly guy in the back) represented yesterday by wearing his C3FAC t-shirt at a benefit for a very worthwhile cause in Norwalk, Connecticut. Thanks for representing, brother! The t-shirt can be purchased in our online store for $15 including tax and shipping.





AND A VERY SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT TO:
FIREFIGHTER CIELO ACOSTA
Posted September 21, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoYep, a very special shout-out to Firefighter CIELO ACOSTA, who will represent C3FAC tomorrow in the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge. 42 floors of fun. Go get it, brother!











SHOUT-OUT TO
TEAM FIREFIGHTER MEMBERS
Posted September 21, 2013

Shout-out to the following Team Firefighter members: Jim Street and Andrew Wilson for their great performances today; and Godspeed to Ricardo Alamo, Kyle Hamilton, and Bryan Hunt as they head to Ironman Lake Tahoe tomorrow. Awesome!

GREAT MEETING WITH
CITY OF TULARE FIREFIGHTERS
Posted September 21, 2013

Tulare Firefighters photoToday we had the privilege of meeting up with the firefighters at Station 63, City of Tulare. These guys are a class act.







"RUNNING FOR OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS" DOES SPECIAL RUN IN SUPPORT
OF BROTHER FIREFIGHTER
Posted September 21, 2013

Running for our Brothers and Sisters photoThis amazing team of firefighters call themselves "Code 3 for a Cure - Running for our Brothers and Sisters," in support of our Foundation and cause. The group started out of a 5k run achieved in August in support of two of their comrades who are fighting courageous battles. This morning, they ran the Spires 5k North Augusta, SC in support of another brother firefighter, who was assaulted and robbed while on a date. Please pray for those suffering, and show your support for this team's selfless efforts by liking their Facebook page.

View album here, which contains all the photos from this event.

C3FAC TEAM VISITS
LAS CRUCES F.D.
Posted September 20, 2013

We also had an enjoyable visit with the Las Cruces (New Mexico) Fire Department yesterday. The Station 4 crew gave us a very warm welcome as we shared with them the C3FAC mission and our goal of recruiting firefighter athletes to help in our fundraising efforts so that we can continue to provide financial assistance to firefighters in need who are battling cancer.

THANK YOU, EL PASO F.D.
Posted September 20, 2013

Lorenzo Abundiz and Ruben Flores, Jr. photoIt was great to meet up with Lt. Ruben Flores, Jr. (standing to the right of C3FAC President in the photo) of El Paso F.D. yesterday. He and the El Paso firefighters have always shown the C3FAC crew tremendous hospitality on our Annual Mission of Honor and Hope. Thank you, brothers!

VISIT WITH
LAKE TRAVIS FIRE RESCUE
Posted September 19, 2013

Lake Travis Fire Rescue photoWe had a great visit yesterday with members of Lake Travis Fire Rescue. The real point of our visit was to meet Lt. Rachel Zambrano, firefighter athlete and great contributing member of Team Firefighter. TF has chosen Code 3 for a Cure as the main organization they support, and we really appreciate their tremendous support. (Shown L to R in photo: C3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo, Engineer William, Lt. Rachel, and C3FAC Cofounder Peggy Abundiz.)

GROUNDBREAKING OF FIREFIGHTER HOUSE
C3FAC Contributes to the Cause
Posted September 18, 2013

L.D. Diaz and Lorenzo Abundiz photoToday we were honored to attend the groundbreaking of the conversion of Old Houston F.D. Fire Station 27 into the first ever Firefighter House. Initiated by Chief Lorenzo "L.D." Diaz and the Society of Houston Latino Firefighters, this first-of-its-kind facility will house, free of charge, firefighters from all over the country while they receive cancer treatments in the Houston area. Chief Diaz, who has been working on the project for the past several years and helped C3FAC President Lorenzo Abundiz stay at Houston's Fire Station 33 while undergoing cancer treatments in 2009, was recently diagnosed with cancer himself and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments. We congratulate Chief Diaz and all involved in this incredible project. View Album on our Facebook page.

During the groundbreaking, CFAC President Lorenzo Abundiz presented Chief L.D. Diaz with a check to serve as a contribution toward the Firefighter House. One aspect of C3FAC's purpose is to provide financial support to other nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations who are fighting the war on cancer. We cannot think of a more deserving recipient.

PRAYERS FOR THE FALLEN AT
NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMMAND
Posted September 16, 2013

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen and all impacted by the tragic deaths of 12 innocent people today at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington, D.C.

OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE:
FIREFIGHTER HOUSE
Posted September 16, 2013

Firefighter House Press Release imageClick on the image shown left to read our latest press release, on our upcoming attendance at the groundbreaking of the first ever Firefighter House (renovation of Old Houston F.D. Fire Station 27) taking place this Wednesday, September 18. The PR includes the story of how Chief Lorenzo "L.D." Diaz, Jr. and the Houston F.D. also helped C3FAC President Lorenzo Abundiz in 2009 when he was undergoing cancer treatments in Houston. For other Press Releases, visit our Press Release page.

FITTING RECIPIENT OF
C3FAC HELMET SIGNED BY
WILLIAM SHATNER
Posted September 16, 2013

Nishan Paparigian photoWe want to congratulate Nishan Paparigian (pictured left), recipient of the C3FAC Helmet signed by William Shatner and auctioned at the Mo-Hawk Less Cancer Motorcycle Ride and Jam on September 7. Nishan's brother-in-law, Joseph Rominski, bid on the helmet and won it, then gave it to Nishan. Nishan recently retired from the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department in Illinois, and we cannot think of a more fitting recipient. Our gratitude to Joseph, and a big congratulations to Nishan! And, of course, many thanks to William Shatner for signing the C3FAC Helmet!





FF CIELO ACOSTA
ACHIEVES TUNNEL TO TOWERS 5K
Posted September 15, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoWe are so proud of our FF brother Cielo Acosta, who ran in the Tunnel to Towers 5k in Ellensburg, WA, on September 8, wearing his firefighter gear which included the C3FAC Warrior helmet shield. He represented both Team Firefighter and C3FAC in such a positive way; and, in spite of the extra weight he was carrying, won SECOND in his age group. Great job, Cielo!

The Tunnel to Towers 5K is part of a national foundation honoring Stephen Sillers, a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11. Following the attacks, Siller ran in full turnout gear from the Brooklyn Battery Bridge to the World Trade Center — a distance of approximately three miles, or five kilometers — when his vehicle was halted by traffic. Read more at http://tunnel2towers.org/

ATHLETIC WARRIORS:
BRIAN HACKENBURG & PAUL HASENMEIER
Posted September 14, 2013

Brian Hackenburg & Paul Hasenmeier photoWe are pleased and proud to introduce two incredible firefighter athletes. Brian Hackenburg and Paul Hasenmeier represented C3FAC today at the Ballville Township Fire/Rescue 911 Run, which they achieved in their gear. The Run was held to benefit the Department's safety and health program and will help fund firefighter physicals and public education on fire safety. Much gratitude to Brian and Paul for representing, and congratulations to Ballville Township Fire/Rescue on a successful event!

GROUNDBREAKING DATE CHANGED FOR
FIRST EVER FIREFIGHTER CANCER HOUSE
Posted September 14, 2013

We have learned that the official groundbreaking for the first ever FIREFIGHTER CANCER HOUSE (previously scheduled for September 16) will be held on Wednesday, September 18, at 10:00 a.m. at Old Houston F.D. Fire Station 27, 6302 Lyons, Houston, TX. We are really looking forward to being there to witness the beginning of the transformation of Old Station 27 into a place where firefighters can stay for free while undergoing cancer treatments in the Houston area. Read more.

FIRST EVER
FIREFIGHTER CANCER HOUSE
Posted September 12, 2013

Firefighter House photoINTRODUCING THE FIRST EVER FIREFIGHTER CANCER HOUSE. C3FAC is en route to Houston, TX for the official groundbreaking ceremony on September 16. Chief L.D. Diaz, Jr. of the Houston Fire Department has been working hard the last few years on this honorable project. HFD Old Fire Station 27 will begin its transformation on September 16, 2013. Once completed, firefighters can stay for free while undergoing cancer treatments. Read more.

ATHLETIC WARRIORS
BRIAN HACKENBURG & PAUL HASENMEIER
Posted September 12, 2013

Lorenzo Abundiz and Paul Hasenmeier photoC3FAC had the pleasure of meeting Firefighter Brian Hackenburg of the Perkins Fire Department (Ohio) and Lieutenant Paul Hasenmeier of Huron Township Fire and First Due Tackle. Paul took us on a great tour to see Huron's fire boat, sitting on Lake Erie. We are proud to welcome these incredible athletes to the C3FAC Athletic Warrior team.



WARRIOR: CAPTAIN JEFF YOUNG
OF SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP F.D.
Posted September 12, 2013

Sylvania Firefighters photoYesterday during a great visit with the Sylvania Township (Ohio) firefighters at Station 4, C3FAC President Lorenzo Abundiz presented the C3FAC Warrior helmet shield to Captain Jeff Young. Jeff, along with his fellow firefighters, has coordinated car shows to raise funds for C3FAC, has been an integral part of the crew on the Annual Mission of Honor and Hope, and is a cancer warrior himself. Thank you, Jeff, and thanks Sylvania Firefighters!




FIREFIGHTER CHARLES BARRETTE
HONORS AND REMEMBERS
Posted September 11, 2013

Charles Barrette photoFirefighter Charles Barrette honored and remembered today by running for 3:43, doing over 20 miles in that time. Says Charles, "Just finished the run! Thanks K.C. Barrette, Rachel Zambrano, Code 3 for a Cure, Team Firefighter and some of our sponsors Road ID and Running Warehouse."

Awesome job, brother!













REMEMBERING 9/11
Posted September 11, 2013

All of us here at C3FAC hold in our hearts those whose lives were lost on this day 12 years ago, and in the years that followed. We pray for the families of the fallen and all who were impacted by this tragedy. May God bless America.




FF PATRICK GORDON,
CANCER WARRIOR
Posted September 11, 2013

Lorenzo Abundiz and Patrick Gordon photoTonight we made a stop in Indiana to visit Firefighter Patrick Gordon, a strong supporter of C3FAC. Out of gratitude, and out of respect for Patrick's courageous fight against cancer, C3FAC President Lorenzo Abundiz (shown left) presented him with the limited edition C3FAC Warrior helmet shield of hope and honor. We ask for your prayers and positive healing thoughts toward Patrick as he continues to fight his own battle against everyone's enemy.



MO-HAWK, LESS CANCER
A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS
Posted September 7, 2013

Mo-Hawk Less Cancer photoOver the past week and culminating at today's MOHAWK LESS CANCER Motorcycle Ride and Jam, we have come to realize how much work and sacrifice the Oldham family put into ensuring the event, held in honor and memory of their heroic son Kevin, was a great success. We have witnessed Katie’s (Kevin’s wife) deep love for Kevin and her courage and ability to turn grief into a way to inspire others, and have witnessed her daughters’ everlasting love for their Daddy. Much gratitude is owed to everyone involved in making this event what it was, including all the volunteers, the generous sponsors, and those who came out and gave their time and dollars to support the cause of Code 3 for a Cure--and the Waukegan firefighters who helped tremendously. All of this has proven, once again, that love can conquer anything--even cancer. See event Album on our Facebook page.

Watch video footage of Mo-Hawk Less Cancer 2013. The beautiful rendition of "My Way" heard in the background is sung by Dan Oldham.

MO-HAWK, LESS CANCER!
Posted September 5, 2013

Great article in the Lake County News-Sun on the MOHAWK LESS CANCER MOTORCYCLE RIDE & JAM, being held this Saturday in honor of Kevin Oldham, proceeds to benefit C3FAC and Pancreatic Cancer Research. If you're in the area on Saturday, join us! Jesse Oaks Food & Drink, 18490 W. Old Gages Lake Road, Grayslake, IL. Ride starts at 11:00am (registration 9:30-11:00). After Party begins at 3pm.

J5 FIRELIDS = AWESOME!
Posted September 3, 2013

J5 Firelids photoWe just received the great news today that these awesome firelids will be waiting for us when we arrive in Illinois for the Mo-Hawk Less Cancer event, thanks to J5 Firelids! We will proudly have the customized, handmade lids at our booth during the event. Thanks, J5!

NAVY BLUE SHIRTS ARE HERE!
Posted September 1, 2013

Shirt photoOur shirt is newly re-designed, and is now available in navy blue for $15 (including tax and shipping) in our online store. Thanks to United Screen Printing (Brawley, CA) for their incredible design work and super reliability.

WELCOME SEPTEMBER
Posted September 1, 2013

The September Message from our President/Founder can be accessed on our Home page. We hope you all enjoy the rest of your Labor Day Weekend!

C3FAC TEAM HEADS TO
MO-HAWK, LESS CANCER
MOTORCYCLE RIDE & JAM
Posted August 31, 2013

Labor Day imageThe C3FAC team is now en route to Gages Lake, Illinois to attend the MO-HAWK LESS CANCER event. This will be an awesome event of remembrance, hope, and honor. View Press Release.

We wish you all a safe and memorable Labor Day Weekend!












C3FAC RUNNING FOR
OUR BROTHERS/SISTERS
Posted August 28, 2013

C3FAC Brothers Running photoWe are deeply honored and proud to introduce C3FAC's newest team of athletic warriors for hope & honor. They run for compassion to help fellow firefighters in their time of need. True heroes. Check out their Facebook page.


eDispatches Supports C3FAC
Posted August 28, 2013

We are grateful to eDispatches for their sponsorship and for all their support of our cause. Their recent Facebook post: "We are a proud sponsor of the Code 3 for a Cure Foundation ....."

Please help us thank eDispatches by liking the eDispatches Facebook page. We also encourage you to visit their website: www.edispatches.com.

NEED AFFORDABLE ADVERTISING?
SUPPORT CODE 3 FOR A CURE
Posted August 27, 2013

Any companies out there looking for some great PR? What better way than to support our cause to help firefighters who are battling cancer. A minimum $250 contribution will achieve it. Join Fire Trucks Plus, eDispatches, and others who have climbed on board. We are attending three upcoming events soon which will present the perfect opportunity to advertise your business: (1) the MOHAWK LESS CANCER Benefit Ride and Jam in IL (9/7); (2) the groundbreaking of the Houston Firefighter House in Houston, TX (9/16); and (3) the Scott World Firefighter Challenge in Las Vegas, NV (10/22-10/27).

For more information on how you can become a C3FAC sponsor: (909) 732-8102 or email firefighters@code3foracure.org.

OUR NEWEST PUBLICATION RELEASED:
BECOME A CORPORATE HERO!
Posted August 26, 2013

Sponsorship Flier imageView our Sponsorship Portfolio and other C3FAC literature, which have all undergone recent revisions, on our Publications page. Our newest publication, titled "BECOME A CORPORATE HERO," contains numerous options for sponsorship to the extent that becoming a Corporate Sponsor is attainable by virtually any organization. Check it out!






HAMPTON HOMETOWN HEROES 5K
A HUGE SUCCESS
Posted August 24, 2013

Hampton 5k photoWe received word that the Hampton Hometown Heroes 5k today, hosted by the Hampton Fire Department (South Carolina), was a huge success. We salute the warriors shown left and all involved in this incredible effort to help two of their comrades who are struggling with illness, including 22-year-old Jordan Eaddy, who has served since he was 16 and is currently fighting cancer. (Read more about Jordan.) We ask for your continued prayers for these two brave firefighters, and for all who are battling illness.

HAMPTON HEROES 5K TOMORROW!
Posted August 23, 2013

Quote from a Hampton (South Carolina) firefighter: "Saturday morning get up put on your running shoes (go fasters) and get up to Hampton for the Home Town Hero's 5k all funds raised will go right to the two firefighters we are doing the race for. Race starts at 8 see you there." Click here for more information.


FIRE VELO NOW ON DAY 5
OF ANNUAL SF TO LA RIDE
Posted August 22, 2013

Fire Velo photoThe National Fire Velo Cycling Club is already on Day 5 of their Annual SF to LA Firefighter Cancer Awareness Ride, and will be arriving in Los Angeles on Saturday. Overall, the Ride is going very well. Fire Velo has consistently given tremendous support to C3FAC. You can like their Facebook page and look for updates here.

OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE
Posted August 19, 2013

Click on the image below to view a pdf version of our latest press release. For other press releases, visit our Press Release page.

Mo-Hawk Less Cancer image

ONE WEEK LEFT UNTIL
THE 5K FUNDRAISER FOR FF/PM JORDAN EADDY
Posted August 17, 2013

5k flierJust one week until the 5k fundraiser for 22-year-old Firefighter/Paramedic Jordan Eaddy, cancer warrior. Register online here. You can read more about Jordan here. Thank you for any support you can give.









NEED A HAIRCUT?
Posted August 16, 2013

Mohawk photoNeed a hair cut? Try a MO-HAWK LESS CANCER GIVES BACK Motorcycle Benefit Ride and Jam. This event is in loving memory of Firefighter/Paramedic KEVIN OLDHAM, September 7, 2013, in Gages Lake, Illinois. The C3FAC team will be there. Click here for more information.

ATHLETIC WARRIOR JULY MILLER-LANE
SUPPORTS THE CAUSE
Posted August 15, 2013

July Miller-Lane photoWe felt compelled to share the fundraising page set up by July Miller-Lane (pictured left). July (pronounced like the month) is a Firefighter and NPC Competitor, and what she has written is a great description of what C3FAC is all about. Please join her, our National Ambassador Katrina Silvia, and others who are raising funds for the cause, either by contributing through one of their pages or by setting up your own. Find out more on our Athletic Warriors page.

THANKS TO PHENIX FIRE HELMETS
AND J5 FIRELIDS
Posted August 14, 2013

C3FAC Fire Helmet photoWe want to, once again, thank Phenix Fire Helmets for donating a beautiful, custom-made fire helmet built specially for C3FAC, now autographed by William Shatner. We also thank J5 FireLids for providing the interior lid containing our patch logo. This helmet will be auctioned at our booth during the week of Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge XXII, October 22-27, at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. We'll see you there!

NATIONAL FIRE VELO CYCLING CLUB
TO EMBARK ON ANNUAL SF TO LA
"FIREFIGHTER CANCER AWARENESS" RIDE
Posted August 12, 2013

Fire Velo logoThe National Fire Velo Cycling Club, a 501(c)3 public charity and a great supporter of our cause, will be taking off on their 2013 Annual SF to LA "Fire Service Cancer Awareness" Bicycle Ride this Sunday, August 18, from San Francisco Bay. After riding along the beautiful California coast, they will end their ride in Los Angeles on the 24th. Fire Velo is a national “Fire Department” based cycling club. They are Firefighters riding for Firefighters. All funds raised through Fire Velo helps provide financial assistance to fire department based groups and causes such as ours, and we are very grateful to Fire Velo for contributing generously to C3FAC over the past couple of years. Membership information can be found on their website: www.firevelo.com

HELP C3FAC BY SHOPPING AMAZON
VIA WISE GUYS RADIO SHOW WEBSITE
Posted August 11, 2013

We want to thank the WISE GUYS SIT-DOWN RADIO SHOW for the great promo they did yesterday on the Mo-Hawk Less Cancer Motorcycle Ride and Jam, to be held in honor of Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Oldham on September 7 in Gages Lake, IL.

Remember, now through the end of August, you can help our cause--and help us thank Wise Guys at the same time--by shopping Amazon via the following link: wiseguysradioshow.com. Just click on the Amazon banner and start shopping! Part of the proceeds from your purchases will go to C3FAC. Thanks, Wise Guys!

You can listen live to the Wise Guys Sit-Down Radio Show every Saturday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EST (12:00pm to 2:00pm PST).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LORENZO ABUNDIZ
August 10, 2013

Lorenzo Abundiz photoHappy Birthday to C3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz, who was compelled to form this Foundation based on his conviction that no firefighter should have to endure what he, and many others like him, have endured when faced with a cancer diagnosis. Read the story of how C3FAC began on our History page.

"ON FIRE FOR POKER"
CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT C3FAC
Posted August 9, 2013

The "ON FIRE FOR POKER" Charity Poker Tournament will take place on October 24, 2013, at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas during the week of the Scott World Firefighter Challenge. ALL proceeds will benefit C3FAC. Bask in the fun and camaraderie of a poker tournament unlike any other, in the legendary setting of the Stratosphere. The tournament will include cash and other prizes. With your $55 registration fee, you will receive a souvenir coin and 3,000 in chips (plus an extra 1,000 if you register by October 20). Register for the tournament at http://code3poker.eventzilla.net/. Thank you for your support!

FIRE TRUCKS PLUS
SUPPORTS CODE 3 FOR A CURE
Posted August 7, 2013

Fire Trucks Plus photoWe are pleased to share that FIRE TRUCKS PLUS is a staunch supporter of our Foundation and cause. Owner Paul Batista has been selling certified pre-owned fire apparatus for over 40 years, and he CARES about his customers--firefighters. He knows the seriousness of having a dependable fire apparatus ready to answer the call. Check out their impressive list of testimonials here.



THANK YOU, PHENIX FIRE HELMETS!
Posted August 6, 2013

Phenix Fire Helmets photoWe want to thank Phenix Fire Helmets for the beautiful fire helmet they built especially for us, now autographed by William Shatner. The helmet will be auctioned off at our display booth during the week of the Scott World Firefighter Challenge in Las Vegas, October 22-27. Pictured are Angel and Nicole of Phenix Fire Helmets. Many thanks to them and everyone at Phenix for their amazing support!

CELINE DION PROMOTES MOTORCYCLE RIDE
IN HONOR OF FIREFIGHTER KEVIN OLDHAM
Posted August 4, 2013

Celine Dion photoCeline Dion is promoting the upcoming MO-HAWK LESS CANCER Motorcycle Ride & Jam in honor of Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Oldham, taking place on September 7 in Gages Lake, Illinois. Click here to view the announcement on her website. Thank you, Celine!





GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE
WHILE ENCOURAGING ATHLETIC WARRIORS
Posted August 3, 2013

C3FAC Warrior Helmet Shield imageJoin Firefighters Katrina Silvia, Jazz Doolittle, Cielo Acosta, Grady Hale, and others by clicking here and donating via any one of their sites. In so doing, not only will you be supporting the cause, but you will also be showing these heroes that you support their incredible efforts.

HAVE YOU MET JAZZ DOOLITTLE?
Posted August 2, 2013

Jazz Doolittle photoWife of a Soldier, Mother of 2, Cancer Survivor, Firefighter/Paramedic, Athletic Warrior. Meet Jazz Doolittle; who, as if that weren't enough, also competes in races wearing her fire gear. She took the trouble to design her own C3FAC t-shirts when none were available, and has worked hard to rally support behind our cause at her races. Says Jazz, "I'm currently 6 years Cancer-free! Being a Cancer survivor, I fully understand the emotional, physical, and financial strains being diagnosed with cancer entails leading me to support Code 3 for a Cure and everything it stands for." Read Jazz's inspiring story.

ON FIRE FOR POKER
CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT
OCTOBER 24, 2013
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT C3FAC
Posted August 1, 2013

Charity Poker Tournament flierWe are pleased to announce another upcoming fundraiser for CFAC: the ON FIRE FOR POKER" Charity Poker Tournament, to be held at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas on October 24 during the week of the Scott World Firefighter Challenge. REGISTER HERE. All proceeds will go to Code 3 for a Cure. Anyone aged 21 or over can participate. Bask in the fun and camaraderie of a poker tournament unlike any other, in the legendary setting of the Stratosphere. The tournament will include cash and other prizes. With your $55 registration fee, you will receive a souvenir coin and 3,000 in chips (plus an extra 1,000 if you register by October 20). Check out the event page on Facebook. We want to thank Firefighter Jake Jacobsmeyer, the Stratosphere, and On-Target Challenge/Firefighter Combat Challenge for their support in making this happen. We are also pleased to announce that C3FAC will have a relay team of athletic warriors participating in the Challenge course.

MONTHLY MESSAGE POSTED
August 1, 2013

Read the August message of the C3FAC President/Founder by clicking here.

WE WELCOME FF JULY MILLER-LANE
TO THE TEAM OF HOPE & HONOR
Posted July 31, 2013

July Miller-Lane photoWe are pleased and proud to welcome another firefighter/spokesperson to the Team of Hope and Honor, joining our National Ambassador FF Katrina Silvia and other firefighter athletes on a quest to help our cause of assisting firefighters with cancer. Her name is JULY MILLER LANE. In addition to being a Firefighter, July is also an NPC Competitor. She started competing in women's physique in 2011 and has competed in two shows since then. The last show she competed in was the largest, meaning most competitors to compete, show in NPC history and she not only won first place in her class, but also took the overall win for women's physique. Says July via Facebook: "I am officially a spokesperson and representing an AWESOME charity foundation called Code 3 For A Cure!! I personally have a close friend, someone I worked side by side with, who now counts on this wonderful organization for help...Please check them out and donate anything you are able to!!" We congratulate July on her incredible athletic achievements, and thank her for becoming an Athletic Warrior for the cause.

CANNOT ATTEND?
YOU CAN STILL SUPPORT
THE MO-HAWK LESS CANCER EVENT!
Posted July 31, 2013

Another way you can support the MO-HAWK LESS CANCER charity event is to purchase a ticket for the cash drawing to be held on September 7! $5 per ticket for a chance to win $500, and the winner need not be present. We will deliver--both the ticket(s) and the winnings! Write to: dan.oldham@sbcglobal.net to purchase yours today!

MO-HAWK LESS CANCER GIVES BACK
Posted July 29, 2013

Mo-Hawk Less Cancer flierThe MO-HAWK LESS CANCER GIVES BACK Motorcycle Benefit Ride and Jam, in loving memory of Firefighter/Paramedic KEVIN OLDHAM, will be held on September 7, 2013, in Gages Lake, Illinois. Proceeds will benefit our cause to provide financial assistance to firefighters battling cancer and their families, as well as pancreatic cancer research. This is an annual event that was initiated by Kevin and his family during his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Kevin Oldham 33, was diagnosed in April of 2010 with stage IV inoperable pancreatic cancer. He was a loving husband, father of two young girls, son, brother, and loyal friend. He was also an integral part of our firefighter team, answering the call by traveling across the country in the Code 3 fire engine, even though he was struggling himself, to help save a brother or sister firefighter from cancer by sharing his story. Watch the video of Kevin sharing his story here.

Kevin felt humbled and blessed by the support he and his family received. So, before he died, his wish was to help bless others struggling through illness or tragedy and inspire us all to live with faith and purpose no matter what our circumstance. He believed that through GIVING, you can help change someone’s life. Thus, the MO-HAWK LESS CANCER GIVES BACK benefit was born. Please show your support by attending if you can. Check out the event site on Facebook.

If you are unable to attend, you can still support the event by donating via our website donation page. Please note "Kevin Oldham" under the "Add special instructions to the seller" section on the submission page, so that it can be credited as event proceeds to be divided among Code 3 for a Cure and pancreatic cancer research according to the wishes of the Oldham family. Thank you for your support.

JAX SPORTS NUTRITION
SUPPORTS C3FAC
Posted July 28, 2013


Jax Sports Nutrition logoWe owe our gratitude to Jax Sports Nutrition. Inspired by the efforts of our National Ambassador, Firefighter Katrina Silvia, Jax not only made a generous contribution themselves last year, but also placed a display in their store to garnish contributions to our cause. We recently received another nice donation as a result.

Jax Display photo Additionally, Jax has provided support/sponsorship to Katrina in her incredible quest to bring attention to C3FAC through her remarkable athletic achievements. Thank you, Jax! Check out and like their Facebook page here.

You can read more about Firefighter Katrina Silvia's incredible quest here.












THANK YOU, HAMPTON F.D.
Posted July 27, 2013

We will wear them proudly.

Hampton F.D. shirts photo

PRAYERS REQUESTED
FOR FF JORDAN EADDY
Posted July 25, 2013

Jordan Eaddy photoWe ask for your prayers for 22-year-old Firefighter Jordan Eaddy, who is defeating cancer like a boss but could use your prayers right now as the last day or so has been a little rougher than usual. Another way you can support Jordan is by registering online in the 5k taking place on August 24 at Hampton F.D. in South Carolina. Register here. Below is a flier about the 5k, which you can click on to enlarge. Thank you for any support you can give.

Hampton Hometown Heroes 5k flier

FIREFIGHTER ETHAN DADE:
DEDICATED TO THE CAUSE
Posted July 25, 2013

Ethan Dade photoFirefighter Ethan Dade is another Athletic Warrior who has finished several races representing C3FAC. Said Ethan recently, "Lets do this again! October 27th running St. Louis half marathon in full gear again to support Code 3 for a Cure! Great cause! Excited to support a great charity!" Ethan's genuine dedication to helping our cause to support firefighters battling cancer is truly remarkable.





FIREFIGHTER/ATHLETE CIELO ACOSTA:
BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE CAUSE
Posted July 24, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoFirefighter/Athlete Cielo Acosta continues to spread awareness about the prevalence of cancer in the firefighting community through his races, which he achieves in his fire gear to represent and raise funds for our cause. Read the latest coverage on Cielo's quest via this link off MSN, in the Columbia Basin Herald. Cielo's next race in his incredible journey is the Night Glow Run 5k in Ellensburg, WA on August 17. Cielo and other firefighter athletes across the nation continue to amaze with their dedication in going above and beyond to answer the call for their fellow firefighters who are battling cancer.

HAVE YOU MET OUR
NATIONAL AMBASSADOR?
Posted July 21, 2013

Click here to meet her!





BILL HUMBERT
Posted July 20, 2013

FF Bill Humbert was laid to rest yesterday. A heroic advocate to get presumptive laws passed for firefighters. He will be so very much missed and will always be a part of Code 3 for a Cure. Our hearts and prayers are with Bill, and with the woman who has stood by his side. We love you, Joanie!

WELCOME ABOARD,
CHIEF BARRY FRANTZ
Posted July 19, 2013


During our quarterly Board of Directors meeting today, we welcomed Fire Chief Barry Frantz (Pennsylvania) as a member of the Board. Chief Frantz is a 27-year veteran of the fire service, and has been incredibly suppportive of our mission over the years. We are proud to have him on the team. Thank you, Barry!

FF CIELO ACOSTA
MAKES FRONT PAGE NEWS
RACING FOR OUR CAUSE
Posted July 18, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoFirefighter Cielo Acosta (WA) recently made front page news by racing for our cause of providing financial assistance on a nationwide basis to firefighters battling cancer, in the process also bringing attention to the prevalence of cancer among firefighters. We salute Cielo for being a Warrior for his brothers and sisters in the fire service. Thank you, Cielo!







REGISTER FOR THE HAMPTON 5K
AND HELP A BROTHER FF/CANCER WARRIOR
Posted July 17, 2013

Jordan Eaddy photo22-year-old Jordan Eaddy, Firefighter/Paramedic for the Hampton Fire Department and Colleton County Fire/Rescue (both in South Carolina), is currently battling cancer. You can help Jordan and his family by registering for the 5k taking place on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the Hampton Fire Department. REGISTER HERE. Proceeds from the event, aptly named "Hampton's Hometown Heroes," will provide financial help to Jordan, as well as to Firefighter/EMT Catlin Schroyer, who is also facing medical challenges. Read more










HAMPTON F.D. (SOUTH CAROLINA)
ADDS C3FAC DECAL TO APPARATUS
Posted July 16, 2013

Hampton Fire Deptartment photo

We would like to thank the Hampton Fire Department (South Carolina) for adding the C3FAC decal to their apparatus. Any fire department who would like a decal to support the cause, please contact firefighters@code3foracure.org

LISTEN TO INTERVIEW
OF LORENZO ABUNDIZ
ON THREE WISE GUYS RADIO SHOW
Posted July 15, 2013

Click here to listen to Lorenzo Abundiz, President and Founder of Code 3 for a Cure, being interviewed this past Saturday on the Three Wise Guys Radio Show. After clicking on the link, scroll down to "Listen Now to This Episode." The segment featuring Lorenzo begins at the 52:00 mark. Congratulations to Lorenzo on being named Stand-Up Person of the Week by the Three Wise Guys!

FIREFIGHTER JAMIE CHAMPION
REPRESENTS AT AQUAPHOR NYC TRIATHLON
Posted July 14, 2013

Jamie Champion photoCongratulations to C3FAC Warrior and Team Firefighter member Jamie Champion on achieving the Aquaphor NYC Triathlon today carrying the C3FAC banner. Way to represent, brother! Thank you for bringing attention to the cause of hope and honor.














WISE GUYS SIT-DOWN RADIO SHOW
SUPPORTS CODE 3 AND
NAMES PRESIDENT LORENZO ABUNDIZ
STAND-UP PERSON OF THE WEEK
Posted July 13, 2013

C3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz received a very honorable surprise today while being interviewed during the WISE GUYS SIT-DOWN RADIO SHOW: He was named PERSON OF THE WEEK for his outstanding efforts to help other firefighters who are suffering through cancer as he has. We want to thank the WISE GUYS for their recognition of Lorenzo, and for their incredible support of our cause to help firefighters stricken with cancer. Click here to find out how WISE GUYS is helping Code 3. One way they are helping our cause: Shop online through the WISE GUYS. Each time you purchase something advertised on their site, the Wise Guys will donate a portion of your purchase to Code 3. This drive will continue through the end of August. If, for example, you click one of the Amazon ads on WiseGuysRadioShow.com, you will be taken to the Amazon.com site. Should you purchase something during that shopping visit, the Wise Guys will donate 50% of the advertising commission they receive to Code 3. The same procedure works for other advertisements on their site — like iTunes, Groupon, etc. So please think of Code 3 before shopping by making your purchases through the WISE GUYS site!

JAMIE CHAMPION TO REPRESENT
AT AQUAPHOR NEW YORK CITY TRIATHLON
Posted July 13, 2013

Firefighter Jamie Champion will race in the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon tomorrow, carrying the C3FAC banner across the finish line in order to bring attention to our cause of providing financial assistance to firefighters across the nation who are battling cancer. We wish Jamie the best and offer our gratitude for his efforts. He will be Bib #3366, and we will be following his progress via this website: http://www.nyctri.com/ Go, Jamie!

C3FAC PRESIDENT/FOUNDER
TO BE INTERVIEWED ON
THE WISE GUYS SIT-DOWN RADIO SHOW
Posted June 12, 2013

Lorenzo Abundiz photoC3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz will be interviewed tomorrow (Saturday, June 13) on the WISE GUYS SIT-DOWN RADIO SHOW. The Show runs from Noon to 2pm Pacific Time (3-5pm EST), and the interview segment will begin shortly after 1:10 p.m. Pacific Time (4:10pm EST). Tune in to hear it LIVE by clicking here!











FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC JORDAN EADDY
DEFEATING CANCER "LIKE A BOSS"
Posted July 10, 2013

Jordan Eaddy photoWe ask for your prayers and positive thoughts toward continued strength and healing for 22-year-old Jordan Eaddy, a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Hampton Fire Department and Colleton County Fire/Rescue (both in South Carolina). Jordan, who is currently battling cancer, began as a Fire Explorer at the age of 16 and is known by his family, fellow firefighters, and fiancee for his caring nature and his favorite phrase, "Like a Boss."

You can help Jordan and his family by registering for the 5k taking place on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the Hampton Fire Department in South Carolina. Proceeds from the event, aptly named "Hampton's Hometown Heroes 5k" will provide financial help to Jordan, as well as to Firefighter/EMT Catlin Schroyer, who is also facing medical challenges. Register online here. You can also view the event flier here.

April 25, 2013 Article in "The Hampton County Guardian"

"Hero of the Week" Radio Interview
about Jordan Eaddy

Jordan Eaddy Support Group
(Facebook group page)

HOPE & HONOR
Posted July 6, 2013

Lorenzo Abundiz and John Knighten photo"Myself and John Knighten next to the C3FAC Fire Engine during Kevin Oldham's memorial mission of hope and honor. John Knighten, Kevin Oldham, Bill Humbert and Andre Hills are now on duty at fire station 7 in Heaven. All firefighters go to heaven.... Eternal peace and forever heroes."

- Lorenzo Abundiz -

WARRIOR CIELO ACOSTA
Posted July 4, 2013

Firefighter Cielo Acosta finished the Firecracker 5k this morning in Ellensburg, Washington in 30:01. Not too shabby considering he did it in fire gear! A true Warrior bringing attention to the high rate of cancer among firefighters. Way to go, Cielo!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA
Posted July 4, 2013

On the occasion of our Nation's birthday, we want to salute and thank the members of our armed forces for protecting our freedom. From all of us here at Code 3 for a Cure, we wish you a safe and memorable Fourth of July.

FIREFIGHTER BROTHER JOHN KNIGHTEN
Posted July 1, 2013

We have just learned that yet another of our brother firefighters has been lost to cancer. Firefighter John Knighten (Spokane F.D., Washington) bravely fought multiple myeloma for 3 1/2 years. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Shawna and their three young daughters. Eternal peace, brother.

FIREFIGHTER BROTHER BILL HUMBERT
Posted June 29, 2013

Bill Humbert photoWe are deeply saddened to report the passing of Bill Humbert on June 27 from cancer. (Bill is pictured in the green shirt, second from right.) A Firefighter in Portland, Oregon, Bill turned his own cancer battles into an opportunity to become a Warrior for others. He advocated strongly on behalf of firefighters to get presumptive legislation passed, and was a great supporter of Code 3 for a Cure. Bill has been such an inspiration to our team of firefighter cancer survivors. He has gone beyond the call both on and off duty to help firefighters, citizens and even God’s little animals in their time of need. We are so blessed to have met Bill several times during the C3FAC Mission of Honor and Hope. Bill always offered his services to help any firefighter across the country who was battling cancer, and was fighting the system for benefits for firefighters stricken with cancer. Peace and eternal love to our brother Bill. Forever a firefighter, forever a hero and forever a loving husband to Joanie. God’s angels be all around Joanie and her entire family. Your spirit will be with us on every Mission, Bill.

CONTINUED PRAYERS
FOR FIREFIGHTER JOHN KNIGHTEN
AND HIS FAMILY
Posted June 28, 2013

We ask for your prayers for Firefighter John Knighten and his family. Read his story and show your support on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-John-Knighten/410833255258?fref=ts

LIMITED EDITION
C3FAC WARRIOR HELMET SHIELD
Posted June 28, 2013

C3FAC Warrior Helmet ShieldOur limited edition C3FAC Warrior helmet shield is in! It is so popular that our previous batch was gone within days. You can purchase one in our Online Store. But before you buy one, consider this: Any athlete who raises $500 or more for C3FAC receives the Warrior shield automatically. Visit our Athletes page for more information on how you can raise funds for C3FAC.

LORENZO ABUNDIZ, JR. JOINS
C3FAC TEAM OF ATHLETIC WARRIORS
WITH DIET DOC MICHELLE SHEPHERD
Posted June 26, 2013

Lorenzo Abundiz Sr. and Jr. photoWe are pleased and proud to announce that Lorenzo Abundiz, Jr. (manager in the field of EMS and son of C3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz) has joined the C3FAC team of athletic warriors. The first step in Lorenzo's honorable quest will be to compete in the Scott World Firefighter Challenge XXII (to be held in October at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas). Lorenzo has made this commitment in support of C3FAC and his father, who has fought three different types of cancer. Lorenzo will prep for the event with help from Diet Doc Licensee Michelle Shepherd. Says Michelle, "I am honored to receive such a request and to help Lorenzo achieve his goal of competing in the Firefighter World Challenge. For the next 8 weeks I will be working with Lorenzo, guiding and coaching him in the nutritional aspect of his preparation for the October Challenge. Lorenzo and I will be in daily/weekly contact to ensure that all of his nutritional needs are met and his physical goal is achieved during his training phase for the October 2013 Fire Fighter World challenge."

MORE ABOUT "DIET DOC" MICHELLE:

Michelle Shepherd photoMichelle Shepherd is a Diet Doc Licensee under the umbrella of The Diet Doc, LLC. with Dr. Joe Klemczewski. She writes customized nutritional programs for permanent weight loss, as well as contest prep diet programs for competitive athletes. Says Michelle, "My goal is not to help you get fit and healthy on a diet, only to gain weight back after you reach your desired goal. Rather, my goal is to construct a nutritional program for you that works with your lifestyle and that will guide and assist you in learning about your body and how it responds to food. We will work closely together with regular interaction. I will monitor what your body is doing and adjust your diet accordingly to insure success. My ultimate goal is that, after having worked with me, you will have gained an excellent understanding of how your body uses food, and you will have the tools to successfully live at a healthy weight and be able to enjoy life - for life!!"

Read more on Michelle's Diet Doc Facebook page, and be sure to like the page while you're there!

CIELO ACOSTA ADDS EXTRA 10 MILES
FOR BROTHER FIREFIGHTER
Posted June 23, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoCielo Acosta--Firefighter, EMT, and C3FAC Warrior--once again pressed forward through the heat and elements yesterday to achieve the "Run Like the Wind" 1/2 Marathon in Ellensburg, WA in his fire gear--a race for which he originally signed up to do a 5k but decided, instead, to push it to a 1/2 Marathon after C3FAC President Lorenzo Abundiz asked him to do an extra 10 yards for Lorenzo Diaz (Houston F.D.) who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. Instead of an extra 10 yards, Cielo added an extra 10 MILES in support of Chief Diaz and all firefighters who are fighting the fight. (The photo above shows Cielo with P.E. instructor Liz, with whom he finished the race.)

Cielo started the 2013 season in Seattle on March 10 with the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. He climbed up 69 floors with 50 lbs of full fire protective gear breathing air from his SCBA, and finished in less than 22 minutes. Cielo then traveled to San Francisco for the Fight For Air Climb on March 23. He climbed 52 floors in full gear in just 13 minutes and got the fastest time in the individual firefighter division! On April 6, Cielo amazingly completed the Yakima River Canyon Marathon in full fire gear with airpack, an inspiring event which he followed by running Portland's Race for the Roses 1/2 marathon on April 14. At every event, Cielo hands out Code 3 flyers and talk to attendees and other athletes about Code 3's work. Says Cielo, "I feel blessed to be spreading Code 3 for a Cure's mission of HOPE and HONOR." Cielo, it is Code 3 which is blessed. THANK YOU for your dedication to help firefighters battling cancer.

WARRIOR FOR MANY
NOW A WARRIOR IN HIS OWN FIGHT
Posted June 18, 2013

Lorenzo Diaz photoChief Lorenzo "L.D." Diaz, Jr., who has served 30 years with the Houston Fire Department, was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. Chief Diaz has been working hard to convert old HFD Fire Station 27 into the first ever Firefighter House that will provide firefighters a place to stay while undergoing cancer treatments in the Houston area. Chief Diaz has been a Warrior in many ways for others; now, he has been called upon to be a Warrior in his own fight.



Firefighter House photoC3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz recently presented Chief Diaz with the C3FAC shield of hope and Honor. Chief Diaz is now, once again, a Warrior in the fight against all cancer. Please send out your prayers and aura of healing to Chief Diaz and his family.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
CODE 3 FOR A CURE
Posted June 13, 2013

First Annual Mission photoFive years ago today, on June 13, 2008, we embarked on our first Annual Mission of Honor and Hope, marking the beginning of Code 3 for a Cure. (Check out the album of our inaugural Mission.) We want to thank all of you who have been such an important part of making C3FAC what it is today.

We also want to share with you that C3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz received good news today on his follow-up testing in his third battle with cancer. He is now four years out from treatment with consistently better and better test results, a very good prognosis.

We pray for all who are suffering with their own pain and battles right now; that they be given strength, comfort, hope, courage, faith, and wisdom.

PRAYERS FOR HOUSTON
Posted June 12, 2013

Our positive thoughts and prayers go out to Captain William Dowling and his family--and to all who were impacted by this tragedy. Read more

THANK YOU,
CORPORATE ANGEL NETWORK
Posted June 12, 2013

C3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz is currently in Houston, Texas for a follow-up appointment with his cancer doctor, thanks to the incredible work of Corporate Angel Network. CAN is the only charitable organization in the United States whose sole mission is to help cancer patients access the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel to treatment across the country using empty seats on corporate jets. This not only improves the patients' chances of survival but at the same time, it reduces their emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden. THANK YOU, Corporate Angel Network!

WARRIOR OF HOPE & HONOR
REMEMBERED
Posted June 10, 2013

Tribute to Andre Hills

Services for Andre Hills will be held tomorrow (June 11). He was 33 years old.

Andre started having pain in his neck last year along with syncopal episodes. After a battery of tests, he was diagnosed with poorly differentiated carcinoma of unknown origin. He went through chemotherapy last year and his final scan of 2012 showed no cancer. His cancer reemerged in 2013 and he was diagnosed with metastatic carcinoma of unknown origin.

Five days before Andre passed, many came to the hospital to honor him and say their goodbyes for now.

Firefighter/Paramedic/Nurse Hills fought with valor and courage. He expressed a desire to climb aboard our Code 3 fire engine and join the team on its Annual Mission of Honor and Hope so that he could share his story. Although that was not to be, Andre’s story will be told each year, and he will always be a member of our team.

PHOTOS - clockwise, from top left:

St. Vincent’s Nurse Manager Shawn presents Andre with a certificate making him an honorary nurse of the hospital. (Last year Andre completed all of his schooling to become a nurse while still being a career firefighter. He only needed to pass his state boards to get his license.)

Andre's crew at Station 24 (Jacksonville, FL) awards him and his family with a plaque. They also added his name to a plaque that is on the wall at Station 24. He is part of the Station always.

Our National Ambassador, Firefighter Katrina Silvia, gives Andre her shield of HOPE which she wore during her races, on behalf of all of us.

Andre Hills: Firefighter, Brother, Friend, Father, Warrior

Just some of the many people who came to honor Andre at the hospital.

TEAM FIREFIGHTER NOW HAS
THEIR OFFICIAL PATCH...
ON SALE NOW!
Posted June 10, 2013

Team Firefighter patchTEAM FIREFIGHTER now has an official patch! Click here for instructions on how to purchase one. (Once you click on the link, the instructions are underneath the patch.)

We salute Team Firefighter for their efforts in promoting fitness among firefighters and bringing attention to organizations such as ours.




MO-HAWK LESS CANCER GIVES BACK
Posted June 9, 2013

Mo-Hawk Less Cancer flierThe MO-HAWK LESS CANCER GIVES BACK Motorcycle Benefit Ride and Jam, in loving memory of Firefighter/Paramedic KEVIN OLDHAM, will be held on September 7, 2013, in Gages Lake, Illinois. Proceeds will benefit our cause to provide financial assistance to firefighters battling cancer and their families, as well as pancreatic cancer research. This is an annual event that was initiated by Kevin and his family during his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Kevin Oldham 33, was diagnosed in April of 2010 with stage IV inoperable pancreatic cancer. He was a loving husband, father of two young girls, son, brother, and loyal friend. He was also an integral part of our firefighter team, answering the call by traveling across the country in the Code 3 fire engine, even though he was struggling himself, to help save a brother or sister firefighter from cancer by sharing his story.

Kevin felt humbled and blessed by the support he and his family received. So, before he died, his wish was to help bless others struggling through illness or tragedy and inspire us all to live with faith and purpose no matter what our circumstance. He believed that through GIVING, you can help change someone’s life. Thus, the MO-HAWK LESS CANCER GIVES BACK benefit was born. Please show your support by attending if you can. Check out the event site on Facebook.

If you are unable to attend, you can still support the event by donating via our website donation page. Please note "Kevin Oldham" under the "Add special instructions to the seller" section on the submission page, so that it can be credited as event proceeds to be divided among Code 3 for a Cure and pancreatic cancer research according to the wishes of the Oldham family. Thank you for your support.

TEAM CODE 3 ACHIEVES RAGNAR RELAY
FOR KATIE
June 8, 2013

Team Code 3 photoOn June 7, 2013, a group of firefighter warriors whom we are proud to say name themselves "Team Code 3" set off on a special journey. They participated in the Ragnar Relay, running from Madison, WI, to Chicago, IL. They began at 9:00 a.m., ran through the night, and finished on June 8. They did this to show their love and support for Katie Oldham. Katie's husband, Kevin Oldham, loving father, brother, Waukegan firefighter and Code 3 for a Cure team member, went to Heaven on March 11, 2011 after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 33 years old. We hold Kevin always in our hearts, and are proud and blessed to know Katie and her two lovely daughters. Kevin's spirit is with us on our Annual Mission of Honor and Hope, and always will be. Thank you, Kevin, for continuing to save lives with your Eternal Message (which can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep3ibDdupmY). We are very proud of "Team Code 3" for their incredible efforts and for their super achievement in honor of Kevin. Check out the entire album on our Facebook page.

BEAST MODE BRAD!
Posted June 7, 2013, 7:45 p.m. PST

Beast Mode Brad O'brecht getting ready for round two! 5.3 miles!

Team Code 3 photo

LEGS 1-6 COMPLETED!
Posted June 7, 2013, 2:05 p.m. PST

Ragnar Team Code 3 legs 1-6 completed. FF Ryan Koncki's 10 miler is complete. One hour and 31 minutes. Two more to go!!! Woohoo!!!

Team Code 3 photo

TEAM CODE 3 IS UNDER WAY!!!
Posted June 7, 2013, 10:20 a.m. PST

Team Code 3 photo

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR
ANDRE HILLS
Posted June 6, 2013

Andre Hills' funeral service will be held at Abyssinia Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 11, at 11:00am. The address is 10325 Interstate Center Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32218. Andre, your spirit and message of hope and honor will be on each Mission. Eternal peace, brother.

RELAY FOR KATIE
Posted June 6, 2013

Firefighter Warrior shirts photoTomorrow morning, a group of firefighter warriors will set off on a special journey. They will be participating in the Ragnar Relay, running from Madison, WI, to Chicago, IL. They will begin at 9:00 a.m., will run through the night, and will finish on Saturday afternoon. They are doing this to show their love and support for Katie Oldham. Katie's husband, Kevin Oldham, loving father, brother, Waukegan firefighter and Code 3 team member, went to Heaven on March 11, 2011 after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 33 years old. We hold Kevin always in our hearts, and are proud and blessed to know Katie. Kevin's spirit is with us on our Annual Mission of Honor and Hope, and always will be. Thank you, Kevin, for continuing to save lives. We wish these firefighter warriors a safe and successful race. Pictured above is what they will be wearing. We are grateful for their endeavors. Below is Kevin's Eternal Message, which we will continue to share in the hopes of saving lives. His message, as well as that of Andre Hills and other Code 3 team members, will always be carried with us.

ANDRE
Posted June 4, 2013

We are deeply saddened to report that we just received word that Firefighter/Paramedic Andre Hills passed away today. He fought with valor and courage, and he lives on, now protecting the streets of Heaven. You are forever with us, brother.

ANDRE'S STORY
Posted June 4, 2013

Katrina Silvia and Andre Hills photoOur National Ambassador, Firefighter Katrina Silvia (St. Johns County Fire Rescue, FL), first reached out to us in May 2012, telling us that she wanted to complete her races, including a full distance ironman, in her firefighter gear to raise funds for our Foundation and cause, which is to help firefighters stricken with cancer. Two months later, Katrina’s dear friend, then 32-year-old Andre Hills, a Firefighter/Paramedic with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, was diagnosed with the disease.

Says Katrina, "I pray that Code 3's story on firefighters just like Andre will gain national attention. It's time to help our heroes. I race in gear to give Andre and many other firefighters hope and to bring awareness to our cancer rates."

At the time of his diagnosis, Andre (who has been a firefighter for over 9 years) had recently completed his schooling to become a nurse while still being a career firefighter. He only needs to pass his state boards to get his license.

On May 30, 2013, Andre’s family including his son, fellow firefighters, St. Vincent’s hospital staff and many others (including Jaguars player Daryl Smith) gathered around his bedside to honor him. Andre's crew at Station 24 awarded him and his family with a plaque. They also added his name to a plaque that is on the wall at Station 24. St. Vincent’s Nurse Manager presented Andre with a certificate making him an honorary nurse of the hospital. Our National Ambassador, FF Katrina Silvia, gave Andre her shield of HOPE which she wore during her races on behalf of Code 3.

Later that night, Katrina wrote, "So honored that God blessed me with a friend like Andre. You see, he always believed in me during fire school. We helped each other and finished school together. That's where we bonded for life. Two months after I joined Code 3 Andre came down with cancer, which made it very personal to me. My wanting to give him hope along with other firefighters battling cancer is what kept me going during Ironman Florida 2012 running in gear. He says I'm his guardian angel. I hope tonight showed him how much he has touched everyone. Please pray for him to have some good days ahead against all odds so he can spend time with his son."

We ask you all to join us in prayer for Andre and his family.

PRAYERS FOR HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS
Posted May 31, 2013

Tragic news today. Our hearts and minds are with the Houston Fire Department. We pray for the fallen firefighters and their families. Read story.

ANDRE
Posted May 28, 2013

We ask you all for your prayers for Andre, a 33-year-old firefighter and father from Florida who is fighting a very tough battle right now with a metastatic cancer. Any positive thoughts and prayers you could send toward Andre would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

MEMORIAL DAY
Posted May 25, 2013

This weekend, we honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this great country. The debt we owe to each and every one of them, and to their families, is overwhelming.

C3FAC ATTENDS
CFEDwest CONFERENCE & EXPO
Posted May 24, 2013

The C3FAC team attended the CFED (California Fire EMS Disaster) West Conference & Expo May 20-23 in Palm Springs, CA, and it was truly an enriching experience. We had many opportunities to network and share our mission and purpose. On display was our Memorial Fire Bell, which has been carried across the nation several times and used to honor and remember firefighters who have lost their lives to cancer. The huge tub of Twin Dragon almond cookies in front of our booth served as an effective welcome mat for attendees, thanks to JSL Foods. The event was well organized and we met many, many positive people.

We want to thank the members of the C3FAC team who were such an integral part of C3FAC’s successful presence at the event: our National Ambassador, FF Katrina Silvia (who traveled all the way from Florida), FF Rick Van Tuyl, Jack Thoreson, and Pam De Marco. We especially want to thank Fire Chief John Allen and the Palm Springs firefighters for taking the time to pay a visit to the C3FAC booth. Special thanks also to William Shatner for personally signing the C3FAC Warrior Helmet which was successfully auctioned off, serving as a great fundraiser for the Foundation; and, of course, the proud new owner of the helmet, whose generous contribution made a very positive impact. We are also grateful to all involved in organizing this great event. Everyone we came into contact with was very helpful, professional, courteous, and friendly, and we definitely plan on returning next year.

CFEDwest CONFERENCE
KICKS OFF TOMORROW
May 20, 2013

Today was prep/setup day for the CFEDwest Conference & Expo. Great teamwork by the C3FAC team to get it done. Conference will kick off tomorrow. Come visit us at Booth #110 in the Oasis Room at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Enjoy some free almond cookies, meet our National Ambassador Katrina Silvia, and check out the C3FAC Warrior Helmet, personally autographed by William Shatner, which we will be auctioning off at our booth throughout the conference. Winner of the Silent Auction to be announced on Thursday, May 23, at 10:00 a.m.

C3FAC HELMET SHIELD
OFFICIALLY DEPLOYED BY FF CIELO ACOSTA
May 18, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoOn May 18, 2013, the C3FAC Helmet Shield of Hope and Honor was officially deployed for the first time when Firefighter Cielo Acosta punched out a 5k in less than 30 minutes, representing C3FAC at the Run for the Red--a race put on by the American Red Cross. The organization helped C3FAC President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz in 2006 by conducting a nationwide search for matching blood, locating two units and making it possible for Lorenzo to undergo an urgently needed kidney surgery. We salute the American Red Cross, and we salute Cielo for his incredible efforts.

WILLIAM SHATNER
SIGNS HELMET OF HOPE & HONOR
Posted May 16, 2013

Peggy Abundiz, William Shatner, Lorenzo Abundiz photoWe had the pleasure of meeting with William Shatner yesterday, who graciously signed the Helmet of Hope and Honor for possible future auction. Standing by his side are Peggy and Lorenzo Abundiz, Cofounders of C3FAC. The helmet will be on display at our booth (Space #110) at the CFEDwest Conference & Expo at the Palm Springs Convention Center May 20-23.

C3FAC Helmet photo

GOT COOKIES?
WE DO!!
Posted May 13, 2013

Twin Dragon Almond Cookies photoREMINDER: We will be at the CFEDwest (California Fire EMS Disaster) Conference & Expo MAY 20-23 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Stop by at Booth 110 and enjoy FREE TWIN DRAGON ALMOND COOKIES, compliments of JSL Foods!! Joining us will be the C3FAC National Ambassador, Firefighter Triathlete Katrina Silvia, as well as fellow Firefighter Triathlete Rick Van Tuyl. Rick doesn't arrive until May 22, so grab your cookies while you have the chance.

KUDOS TO FF JAZZ DOOLITTLE
Posted May 8, 2013

Jazz Doolittle photoKudos going out to Firefighter Jazz Doolittle, Team Firefighter member and C3FAC supporter, for the well deserved recognition she received in the Sanford Herald. Way to go, Jazz! Click here for article.

















TEAM FIREFIGHTER MEMBERS
ACHIEVING RACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Posted May 6, 2013

We want to congratulate the more than a dozen Team Firefighter members across the nation who raced this past weekend. Check out their website and if you're interested in joining, email them! http://teamfirefighter.blogspot.com/p/join-team.html

NEW PAGE ADDED
TO OUR WEBSITE
Posted May 6, 2013

We've just added a new page to our website: the Press Release page, containing our latest press releases and media advisories.

JAX SPORTS NUTRITION SUPPORTS
C3FAC & FF KATRINA SILVIA
Posted May 5, 2013

Jax Sports Nutrition Display photoAll of us here at Code 3 for a Cure (C3FAC) want to thank the great people at Jax Sports Nutrition in Jacksonville, FL, for their generous donation to C3FAC, as well as the tremendous support they have shown through their store display. The display includes a photo of our National Ambassador, Firefighter Katrina Silvia, crossing the finish line at Ironman Florida in her firefighter gear carrying the C3FAC banner. Thank you, Jax!



INTERNATIONAL
FIREFIGHTERS' DAY
May 4, 2013

IFFD logoMay 4 is International Firefighters' Day. We salute all firefighters worldwide who put their lives on the line to protect life and property.





IFFD banner

WISCONSIN SNOWMAN SUPPORTS
C3FAC AND TEAM FIREFIGHTER
Posted May 2, 2013

Charles Barrette with Snowman photoWe just had to share this photo from FF Charles Barrette. Great support for Code 3 for a Cure and Team Firefighter from Wisconsin; only problem is, being based in California, we cannot believe this photo was taken THIS MORNING. We salute FF Barrette and all the Team Firefighter members who still manage to get their workouts in--despite the weather some of them deal with! Inspiring. See the 3-photo album on our Facebook page.








MAY PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Posted April 30, 2013

The President's Message for the month of May is now posted! Read it on our Home page.

C3FaC TO ATTEND
CFEDwest CONFERENCE & EXPO
Posted April 29, 2013

Code 3 for a Cure will be attending the 2013 California Fire EMS Disaster Conference & Expo (CFEDwest) in Palm Springs, California, May 20-23. Stop by and visit us at Space #110 and check out our new booth, donated by the National Fire Velo Cycling Club. We hope to see you there!

OUR ONLINE STORE
IS NOW OPEN!
April 27, 2013

Tshirt photoWe are pleased to announce that, based on requests received that we offer items for online purchase, we have opened the first ever Code 3 for a Cure online store. We currently are only offering one item (a t-shirt), but it's a start! Introducing the Code 3 for a Cure SHIRT OF HOPE AND HONOR. Price is $20, including tax, shipping and handling. Order here. (Additional charges apply for international orders, so please email firefighters@code3foracure.org to place your order if you are from outside the United States.) We hope to sell additional items in the future.

Please keep in mind that the purpose of selling items is to fundraise so that we can continue to operate and issue funds to firefighters battling cancer who are in financial distress; thus, we do not issue refunds, nor will we accept returns or exchanges on the products we sell. If you have any questions on this policy, or any comments or questions on our products in general, please feel free contact us at (909) 732-8102 or firefighters@code3foracure.org. Thank you for your support!

THANK YOU, eDISPATCHES!
Posted April 22, 2013

eDispatches Package photoWe received a very nice packet of surprises from eDispatches, including a generous donation which will help us continue to operate while issuing funds to firefighters. Donations such as this make a huge impact, and this particular contribution could not have come at a better time--we just issued another check last week. Thank you, eDispatches!

eDISPATCHES NOW A
CODE 3 SPONSOR!
Posted April 19, 2013


eDispatches logoWe are grateful that eDispatches has become an official sponsor of Code 3 for a Cure! Thank you, eDispatches, for joining in our efforts to assist firefighters battling cancer. Check out the eDispatches Facebook page.

THANK YOU,
FALLBROOK FIREFIGHTERS
Posted April 17, 2013

We owe our gratitude to the Fallbrook Firefighters Association for their recent generous contribution of $500 to our Foundation, resulting from their Charity Golf Tournament held on March 29. Code 3 was one of three charities selected to benefit from the tournament. Fallbrook Firefighters have been very supportive of our cause over the years, and we appreciate all they have done for Code 3. Thank you, Fallbrook!

BRAWLEY FIREFIGHTERS
CODE 3.1 FIRE RUN
Posted April 13, 2013

Brawley FFs Code 3.1 Run photoOn Saturday, April 13, 2013, we attended the Brawley Firefighters Association's inaugural Code 3.1 Fire Run. With a name like that, we couldn't resist being a part of it! The event was a great success, exceeding expectations with a turnout of over 200 runners. The Brawley Firefighters did a great job of organizing the event, and we were blessed to be able to meet many of them and share how they, as athletes, can become a part of our cause. It was great to be able to introduce them to Team Firefighter as well, an organization dedicated to providing support to firefighters who want to better themselves through fitness in sport and which has chosen Code 3 as the main nonprofit they support. Congratulations to the Brawley Firefighters on organizing such an awesome event!

View album on the Code 3 Facebook page

JAZZ DOOLITTLE,
KEVIN SIMS & MARETTE SIMS
ACHIEVE 15k
Posted April 7, 2013

Marette Sims, Jazz Doolittle & Kevin Sims photoDREAM TEAM OF 3 FOR CODE 3: On April 7, 2013, Jazz Doolittle, Kevin Sims, and Marette Sims completed the EA Sports Riverside Dash 15k in support of Code 3. FF Jazz Doolittle donned her turnout gear for the race, while Lt. Kevin Sims and his wife Marette wore their Code 3 shirts, which Jazz designed. We congratulate Jazz, Kevin and Marette on a very successful race, and we thank them for the amazing things they are doing to bring attention to the cause!

Check out all the photos of their race on our Facebook page.

FF Jazz Doolittle and Lt. Kevin Sims are both members of Team Firefighter.

FF CIELO ACOSTA
ACHIEVES MARATHON
Posted April 7, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoOn Saturday, April 6, Firefighter Cielo Acosta completed his first marathon of the season: the Yakima River Canyon Marathon in Washington. But he didn't "just" race for 26.2 miles. He did more. He wore his firefighting gear during the entire race, adding substantial weight to the challenge, in order to bring attention to our Foundation and cause. Check out all the photos of Cielo's race on our Facebook page.

Cielo started his 2013 season in Seattle on March 10 with the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. He climbed up 69 floors with full gear, breathing air from his SCBA. He finished in less than 22 minutes. On March 23, he traveled to San Francisco for the Fight for Air Climb. He climbed 52 floors in full gear in 13 minutes and got the fastest time in the individual firefighter division.

Firefighter Acosta has done great things for Code 3; in addition to setting up a fundraising page with the noble goal of raising $5,000, he passes out Code 3 fliers and brochures whenever he gets the opportunity. We salute Firefighter Acosta for his incredible athletic accomplishments, and for his remarkable efforts for the cause.

Any athlete interested in fundraising for Code 3 can set up a fundraising page.

Firefighter Acosta is a member of Team Firefighter.

"IRON GIRL"
FF JAZZ DOOLITTLE
Posted April 3, 2013

FF Jazz Doolittle photoCongratulations to Team Firefighter member FF Jazz Doolittle on being accepted onto Iron Girls' Team Courage, for participants battling or who have survived cancer. We salute you, Jazz!












FALLBROOK FIREFIGHTERS
CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Posted April 1, 2013

Fallbrook Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament imageOn March 29, Code 3 attended the Fallbrook Firefighters Association Charity Golf Tournament, part of the proceeds from which will benefit our Foundation and cause. The turnout was great, the food was superb, the raffle prizes and silent auction items were outstanding, and overall the event was a great success. Code 3 was happy to provide a golf towel for each golfer, as well as some golf-related items for the raffle. Our gratitude is owed to event organizer/FF Joel Hammer and all involved in planning and carrying out the event, as well as the golfers who signed up and played. We thank the Fallbrook Firefighters Association for their amazing support.

CONGRATULATIONS TO
FIREFIGHTER JOHN MCKNIGHT
Posted March 31, 2013

John McKnight photoOn Thursday, March 28, we attended the retirement party of Code 3 Logistics Officer and crew member, Firefighter John McKnight, of North County Fire. Hearing the speeches and "roasts" given confirmed John's incredible talent, as well as the funny stories that we all share about him. John has been an integral part of the Code 3 team since we began in 2008, from developing the itinerary for our very first Annual Mission to driving the fire engine across the country, to designing our main logo as well as our patch, which is very popular among firefighters and civilians alike. John is currently in the process of refining our logos to more easily be printed on a variety of promotional items, including shirts, which we will be offering in the future. We thank John for all he has given in service to both North County and Code 3, and we congratulate him on a very successful 30-year firefighting career.

FF BENJAMIN RACHO
LOGS FIRST RACE OF SEASON
Posted March 31, 2013

Congratulations are in order for Firefighter Benjamin Racho, Team Firefighter member, who placed 3rd in his age group and 31st overall in his first race of the season on Saturday, March 30. Way to go, Ben!

PLAY GOLF AND
SUPPORT CODE 3
Posted March 22, 2013

Don't forget to sign up for the Fallbrook Firefighers Golf Tourney, taking place one week from today, on Friday, March 29. By doing so, you will be supporting Code 3, with the added bonus of taking in beautiful Fallbrook, CA!

THANK YOU,
POWER TEST!
Posted March 21, 2013

Power Test logoWe are so very grateful to POWER TEST, INC. for sponsoring Code 3 with a generous donation for the second year in a row. PLEASE, if you have a moment, follow Power Test on LinkedIn to help us show our appreciation.

ABOUT POWER TEST: Power Test has been an industry leader for more than 35 years in the design, manufacture and implementation of dynamometers, hydraulic test stands, custom test equipment and data acquisition and control systems. This equipment is used to test engines, electric motors, transmissions, vehicles and other power generating or power transmitting equipment. Power Test has provided systems to manufacturers, rebuilding facilities and distributors worldwide with products in nearly 100 countries on six continents.

FF RICK VAN TUYL
ACHIEVES IRONMAN LOS CABOS
Posted March 20, 2013

A huge congratulations going out to Team Firefighter member and Code 3 supporter Rick Van Tuyl, who achieved the Ironman Los Cabos on Sunday, March 17. Way to go, brother!

CODE 3 BOARD MEETING HELD
March 15, 2013

We had a very productive quarterly Board of Directors meeting on the morning of Friday, March 15. We are grateful to the members of the Board for their voluntarism and input in moving Code 3 forward in the right direction towards achieving its purpose and goals. Our next Board meeting will be held on July 19.

PLAY GOLF AND
SUPPORT CODE 3
Posted March 14, 2013

Don't forget to sign up for the Fallbrook Firefighers Golf Tourney, taking place on March 29. By doing so, you will be supporting Code 3, with the added bonus of taking in beautiful Fallbrook, CA.

FIREFIGHTER KEVIN OLDHAM:
WITH US ALWAYS
Posted March 11, 2013

On this day, we remember our brother, Code 3 team member Kevin Oldham, who inspired so many firefighters across the country with his love and his eternal message. You will be with us on each and every mission, Kevin. Thank you for your true inspiration of hope and honor, and for this contagious laughter that you leave with us.

FF CIELO ACOSTA
ACHIEVES SCOTT STAIRCLIMB
Posted March 11, 2013

Cielo Acosta photoOn Sunday, March 10, Firefighter Cielo Acosta, Team Firefighter member and Code 3 supporter, competed in the 2013 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle, WA. Cielo climbed 69 floors and 138 flights of stairs in 00:21:46, averaging 19 seconds per floor. A great accomplishment. Way to go, brother!









CODE 3 REPRESENTED
AT GATE RIVER RUN
Posted March 9, 2013

Gate River Run photoBig thank you's going out to FF Grady Hale, FF Brian Bausch, FF Robbie Deyo, Lt. Scott Acampora, and Code 3 National Ambassador FF Katrina Silvia, and Nico too, for spreading the word about Code 3 today at the Gate River 15k Run! Special thanks to Kurt Lessenthien of Catty Shack Ranch for representing as well. Congratulations to all of you!

The Gate River Run is the largest 15k in the United States, with over 23,000 runners and walkers participating last year in this and related events. The Gate River Run also serves as the Annual USA 15k Championship, this year being the 36th.

FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
AND KURT LESSENTHIEN
TO REPRESENT AT
GATE RIVER RUN
Posted March 7, 2013

Katrina Silvia and Kurt Lessenthien photoFirefighter Katrina Silvia, whom we are proud to say is our 2013 National Ambassador, will be running the Gate River Run 15k in Jacksonville, FL this Saturday, March 9, along with Kurt Lessenthien of Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. Katrina will be running in her firefighter gear, just as she did at her last race, and Kurt will be wearing our patch on his beautifully bright Catty Shack shirt.

The Gate River Run is the largest 15k in the United States, with over 23,000 runners and walkers participating last year in this and related events. The Gate River Run also serves as the Annual USA 15k Championship, this year being the 36th.

We wish both Katrina and Kurt Godspeed and send our gratitude their way for all they are doing for the cause.

TEAM FIREFIGHTER
Posted March 6, 2013

Team Firefighter is an organization which motivates, trains, and supports firefighters to stay fit through endurance sports so they can better serve the public. Firefighters can find out more about how to join.

CALLING ALL GOLFERS:
SIGN UP TO SUPPORT CODE 3!
Posted March 5, 2013

Fallbrook Firefighters Association imageWe are pleased to announce that the Fallbrook Firefighters Association will be holding a Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, March 29, and part of the proceeds will benefit Code 3. The Tournament will be held at The Golf Club of California at Sycamore Ranch in beautiful Fallbrook, California, and will feature up to 120 golfers playing 18 holes, followed by a festive evening with a sit-down dinner, raffle and auction. Click here for event flier and registration information.

FF KEVIN OLDHAM
Posted March 4, 2013

Kevin Oldham photo March 2013 marks two years since Code 3 team member, Firefighter Kevin Oldham, went to Heaven. Kevin first met up with us in October 2010 during our Annual Mission of Honor and Hope, when we made a stop at Zion Fire Department (Illinois). The Mission of Honor and Hope is a journey we conduct once a year in which a crew of firefighter/cancer survivors drive a fire engine to various fire departments acroacross the country to share their cancer testimonials in order to encourage use of protective equipment and early cancer screenings among firefighters. Along the journey, the team collects the names of firefighters who have lost their lives to cancer and honors them in a ceremony conducted at the Los Angeles Fire Department. (The Missions have all been funded by the Sutphen Corporation, which has provided the fire engine and fuel for the journey.)

During the 2010 Mission, while President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz made a presentation about Code 3 for a Cure to the Zion firefighters, this young man standing in the back kept catching his attention because he had a purple Mohawk. After Lorenzo’s presentation, the young man, Kevin Oldham (33 years old, married with two little girls) approached Lorenzo, introduced himself, and told him he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Kevin was sporting the Mohawk to bring attention to the issue of cancer and the organization he had formed (Mo-Hawk, Less Cancer), to help his family and which also assists families with children who have a potentially terminal illness.

Lorenzo invited Kevin to join the Mission. Kevin did just that, meeting up with the crew about a week later in Charlotte, North Carolina, and making presentations at numerous fire departments throughout several states in order to save the lives of his brother and sister firefighters by sharing his story. In spite of his own struggles, Kevin joined the Mission again in January 2011 to continue to help fellow firefighters.

Kevin passed away on March 11, 2011, but he lives on in our hearts and will always be an integral part of the Code 3 crew. We encourage you all to listen to Kevin tell his story.

FIREFIGHTER JAZZ DOOLITTLE
REPRESENTS
AT SWAMPHOUSE HALF
Updated March 3, 2013

Jazz Doolittle group photoWe are so proud of what Firefighter Jazz Doolittle, mother of two and cancer survivor, achieved on Sunday, March 3, 2013. She finished the Swamphouse Half Marathon in 3:19:57---in her firefighter gear, including air tank and helmet! But that's not "all." In addition to the intense physical preparations that go into completing a race like this, Jazz took it upon herself to design and order Code 3 shirts so that she and others can bring attention to the cause. In addition, she spent hours preparing her air tank, creating an amazing way to represent the Foundation.

Pictured Above: After achieving the Swamphouse Half Marathon on March 3, 2013, FF Jazz Doolittle poses with an awesome team, including her sister (standing to her right), all wearing the Code 3 shirt Jazz herself designed. They are holding a special Code 3 banner, which was created by FF John McKnight and carried across America on our very first Annual Mission of Honor and Hope. This particular banner is special to us because it symbolizes the birth of our Foundation, and we are greatly honored that it was held up in this way by this incredible group of individuals.

Check out all the photos from the Swamphouse Half Marathon on our Facebook page!

Firefighter Doolittle is a member of Team Firefighter. Beginning in 2012, Team Firefighter selected Code 3 as the main nonprofit organization they support. We encourage all firefighters to join Team Firefighter, which is dedicated to providing support to firefighters who want to better themselves through fitness in sport. Read more at www.teamfirefighter.com.













CODE 3 PUBLICATIONS
NOW AVAILABLE
Posted March 2, 2013

Our newly designed promotional materials such as brochure, portfolio, and fliers are now available on our new Publications page. Check them out . . .

FIREFIGHTER JAZZ DOOLITTLE
TO REPRESENT AT
SWAMPHOUSE HALF MARATHON
Posted February 28, 2013

Jazz Doolittle photoFirefighter Jazz Doolittle, who is also a cancer survivor, is a true hero and warrior. She will be representing us at the Swamp House Half Marathon this Sunday, March 3--completing it in FULL TURNOUT GEAR! The banner she is holding was designed by FF John McKnight (North County Fire, CA), who also designed our patch and logo. It was carried across America on the Code 3 fire engine during the first Annual Mission of Honor and Hope across America. It represents the birth of Code 3, and we are greatly honored that Firefighter Doolittle will be using it to represent the Foundation and all those affected by cancer. Go, Jazz!!!!

GRATITUDE WHERE IT IS OWED
Posted February 20, 2013

Mailing gratitude cards out today to generous donors, thanks to the efforts of the four St. Johns County, FL firefighters who ran the "26.2 with Donna" Marathon in their firefighter gear on Sunday.

GREAT VISITS WITH
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FIRE AND
BARSTOW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Posted February 19, 2013

Barstow Fire photoWe met some great firefighters yesterday, visiting with San Bernardino County in Baker, then the Barstow Fire Protection District. Barstow has an incredible 9/11 memorial tribute.





FIREFIGHTER JAZZ DOOLITTLE
ACHIEVES HER FIRST HALF MARATHON
Posted February 18, 2013

Jazz Doolittle photoFirefighter Jazz Doolittle ran her first half marathon on Sunday! Here's what she had to say about how the race went:

"Ran my first Half Marathon this morning! Race time weather was 37 with a wind chill of 24, had to cross the International Speedway bridge twice, and had a short beach run!!! My goal was to finish under 3 hours and I finished 2:55:11! Can't wait for my next half!!!"

We congratulate Firefighter Doolittle on this awesome achievement, and stand by her in her quest of hope and honor. Her next half will be on March 3--in her firefighter gear!

Firefighter Doolittle is a member of Team Firefighter, as are many of the athletes who are competing for our Foundation and cause. Read more about Team Firefighter.

PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR
FIREFIGHTER JOHN KNIGHTEN
Posted February 18, 2013

We ask for your prayers for Firefighter John Knighten and his family. He is in the middle of a tough battle. Read more.

STRIKE TEAM FOR HOPE AND HONOR
Posted February 18, 2013

Strike Team for Hope and Honor photoWe are very proud of the efforts of Code 3 National Ambassador/FF Katrina Silvia, FF Grady Hale, FF Robbie Deyo, and Lt. Scott Acampora, all of St. Johns County Fire Rescue, who achieved the "26.2 with Donna" marathon yesterday in their bunker gear to bring attention to, and raise funds for, our cause. To date, their combined efforts have raised over $4,000. Check out all the photos on our Facebook page.

FIREFIGHTER NATHAN WILLIAMS
ACHIEVES BUZZ MARATHON
IN BUNKER GEAR
Posted February 17, 2013

Nathan Williams photoFF Nathan Williams achieved the Annual Buzz Marathon on California's Central Coast yesterday -- in his bunker gear. He did this for his dad, as a member of Team Firefighter, and as a supporter of Code 3. FF Williams is a true warrior, and we salute him for his noble achievement.

In his words:

"Run update: I survived.

I finished almost an hour ahead of the time I "hoped" for and pushed through some gnarly cramps. I have some battle wounds but a ton of pride. Some of my fellow firefighter brothers along with a bunch of strangers showed me great support (my brother Kevin Wolf said I need to turn down my music next time so I can hear them!).

In the end this was really for my dad, Gregg Williams.

I love you dad."

ON FIRE FOR THE CAUSE:
FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
SELECTED AS
CODE 3 FOR A CURE'S
2013 NATIONAL AMBASSADOR
Posted February 16, 2013

SCBA photoKatrina Silvia photoThis is the SCBA Firefighter Katrina Silvia will be wearing tomorrow during the "26.2 with Donna"--and one example of why we are proud to introduce her as our 2013 National Ambassador. The noble efforts of Firefighter Silvia and others are making a tremendous impact in helping us spread the word and continue to operate and achieve our purpose. A special thank you is owed to Firefighter Robert Verhelst, who inspired Firefighter Silvia and others to climb on board for the cause. Thanks to all of you.

FIREFIGHTER NATHAN WILLIAMS
TO ACHIEVE THE ANNUAL BUZZ MARATHON
IN FF GEAR FOR CODE 3
Posted February 15, 2013

Nathan Williams photoThis just in from Firefighter Nathan Williams: "Alright fellow Code 3 brethren tomorrow I run 26.2 in my gear in honor of my dad and as a member of Code 3 and Team Firefighter."

We wish you all the best, Nathan, on a successful event. We salute your noble efforts in honoring your father and bringing attention to the cause.

FIREFIGHTERS KATRINA SILVIA & GRADY HALE
TO ACHIEVE "26.2 WITH DONNA" MARATHON
FOR CODE 3
Posted February 15, 2013

We wish the best to Firefighters Katrina Silvia and Grady Hale as they achieve the "26.2 with Donna" Marathon this Sunday, February 17, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Jacksonville Beach, Florida. They will be competing in firefighter gear, representing Code 3, to bring attention to our cause. We are so proud of them, and grateful.

FIREFIGHTER GRADY HALE:
GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND
FOR THE CAUSE
Posted February 9, 2013

Grady Hale photoThe inspiration to help our cause of supporting firefighters who are stricken with cancer continues to spread. FF GRADY HALE has decided to climb on board, and has already raised hundreds of dollars. We are amazed by what he is doing, and are grateful to FF Hale and to the generous people who have contributed in support of his efforts. Read what Grady has to say about Code 3.

Athletes interested in raising funds for our cause can get all the info here.

"IRONWOMAN AND LADY FF"
KATRINA SILVIA'S EFFORTS
FEATURED ON FIRE RESCUE 1
Posted February 8, 2013

An excellent article was recently posted by Fire Rescue 1 on how "Ironwoman and Lady Firefighter" Katrina Silvia, inspired by the efforts of FF Robert Verhelst, has pushed herself to the limits in competing for Code 3. Read it here.

CELINE DION
ENCOURAGES SIGNUPS FOR THE
ROCHE HARBOR MULTI-SPORT CHALLENGE
Posted February 4, 2013

Celine Dion photoToday, Celine Dion made an official announcement on her website encouraging all firefighters and EMS personnel to join FF Katrina Silvia and others in signing up for the Roche Harbor Multi-Sport Challenge to benefit Code 3. REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 15 for this great event, which will take place on May 15-17, 2013, on the magnificent San Juan Islands in the state of Washington. The Challenge is open to all firefighters and EMS personnel and will consist of a 15k Run, 35k Bike, and 12k Kayak. REGISTER HERE BY FEBRUARY 15. With your registration fee, you will receive: Welcome Prime Rib Banquet, kayak rental with outfitting, post-race Five Alarm Chili Cookoff with live music, Firehouse Breakfast, Awards Banquet and prizes. Read more. Time is running out (on February 15, to be exact), so register now. Those who have questions or would like additional information may contact event organizer Peggy Burton at 509-952-5067. Our gratitude to the event sponsors, including: Emergency Reporting, Roche Harbor, and San Juan Outfitters. Thanks to Celine Dion for her support, and to all firefighters and EMS personnel who are signing up to participate.

Roche Harbor Challenge logo

"JAZZed UP"
OVER THE OUTSTANDING EFFORTS
OF FF JAZZ DOOLITTLE
Posted February 2, 2013

Jazz Doolittle photoAnother firefighter athlete has stepped forward and expressed her desire to represent Code 3 through her athletic achievements. Team Firefighter member FF Jazz Doolittle will be competing in numerous races this year to bring attention to our Foundation and cause. Her first was on February 2, the Lady Track Shack 5k, which she completed in fire gear. In addition to getting our official patch sewn onto her gear, Jazz also took it upon herself to design a special shirt for Code 3 so that the 10 other individuals who joined her, including Marette Sims and Lt. Kevin Sims (there in support for this women's run) could promote Code 3 as well. Jazz and Marette also interviewed with CBS Radio at the event, giving great exposure to Code 3. We are JAZZed about Jazz's efforts, as well as that of Marette and the others who joined her. Check out the album on our Facebook page. Below is the video of Jazz and Marette crossing the finish line together, compliments of Lt. Kevin Sims. Congratulations to them both on this great accomplishment.

A MOTHER'S AMAZING TRIBUTE
TO HER SON
Posted January 27, 2013

A Mother's Tribute photoThe quote below is From Theresa Oldham, proud and loving mother of Firefighter KEVIN OLDHAM, Code 3 team member who has touched so many lives. Kevin made a tremendous impact on fellow firefighters and others on our Mission of Honor and Hope, and continues to do so.

"The attached tattoo is dedicated to our son Kevin and some of the things he loved to do. The fishing hook as he loved to fish, the guitar and music notes, the wings that are on the Code 3 for a Cure fire truck. He often said "Embrace Life Man", "Embrase Life". The fire department emblem as he loved his job. The "I Love You" in his writing. I think he would have thought this was the coolest tattoo. There is a small cancer ribbon but it is small because that is not who Kevin was. We miss him each and every day. We love you now and forever ♥"

-Theresa Oldham-

View Kevin's Eternal Message to Firefighters below:




BBQ FUNDRAISER
TO BENEFIT THE
HAMILTON BROWN HOUSE
Taking Place on January 25, 2013

BBQ flier imageWe encourage everyone in the Houston area to come out and support the Hamilton Brown House project by attending the BBQ Fundraiser taking place on Friday, January 25, 2013.

Says Chief Lorenzo Diaz of the Houston Fire Department (visionary behind the project): "The Society of Houston Latino Fire Fighters, the directors of The Hamilton Brown House, are hosting a BBQ Fundraiser to help pay the Property Taxes. This is still a work in progress and we continue to try to find the funds to get started on the rebuilding project. Our goal is to assist Fire Fighters across the nation who visit Houston Medical Center for Cancer and other extended illnesses and need a place to stay. A home away from home for our brother fire fighters to help reduce the financial burden on their family during this extended treatment. This is still our dream and our goal, so if you can help us with $8.00 a plate for some good BBQ we would appreciate your visit at the old FS027 6302 Lyons @ Kress on Friday January 25, 2013.

Thank you,

Chief Lorenzo Diaz, Jr.
Houston Fire Department"


FIREFIGHTERS & EMS PERSONNEL:
SUPPORT CODE 3
BY REGISTERING IN THE
ROCHE HARBOR MULTI-SPORT CHALLENGE
Posted January 22, 2012

Roche Harbor Challenge logoWe are pleased to announce the ROCHE HARBOR MULTI-SPORT CHALLENGE, which will take place on May 15-17, 2013, on the magnificent San Juan Islands in the state of Washington and will benefit our Foundation and cause. Registration is scheduled to close by the end of February, and registrants should sign up as soon as possible. REGISTER HERE. With your registration fee, you will receive: Welcome Prime Rib Banquet, kayak rental with outfitting, post-race Five Alarm Chili Cookoff with live music, Firehouse Breakfast, Awards Banquet and prizes. Learn more. This incredible event is open to all firefighters and EMS personnel and will consist of a 15k Run, 35k Bike, and 12k Kayak. Time is running out, so please register soon. Thank you for your support!

NATIONAL FIRE VELO
CYCLING CLUB
SUPPORTS CODE 3
Posted January 19, 2013

Fire Velo photoWe recently received another generous contribution from Fire Velo. This donation will help us continue to provide financial assistance to firefighters stricken with cancer. The National Fire Velo Cycling Club is a fire department based cycling club which is open to all levels of riders. All funds raised through Fire Velo [also a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity] helps provide financial support to fire service related groups and causes such as ours. We are honored and grateful that Fire Velo has chosen our Foundation as one to support, and we look forward to a continued partnership together. Please visit the Fire Velo Facebook Page, and show them your support by "liking" the page while you're there.

Fire Velo logo

THANK YOU,
BRINDLEE MOUNTAIN FIRE APPARATUS
Posted January 11, 2013

Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus has been a supporter of Code 3 for a Cure since our first Annual Mission of Honor and Hope in 2008, and we greatly appreciate their ongoing generosity in providing accommodations and travel for our crew members. Thank you, James Wessel and Brindlee! Please visit their website by clicking on the logo below.

Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus logo

COME OUT AND ATTEND
THE BBQ FUNDRAISER
TO BENEFIT THE
HAMILTON BROWN HOUSE
Taking Place on January 25, 2013

BBQ flier imageWe encourage everyone in the Houston area to come out and support the Hamilton Brown House project by attending the BBQ Fundraiser taking place on Friday, January 25, 2013.

Says Chief Lorenzo Diaz of the Houston Fire Department (visionary behind the project): "The Society of Houston Latino Fire Fighters, the directors of The Hamilton Brown House, are hosting a BBQ Fundraiser to help pay the Property Taxes. This is still a work in progress and we continue to try to find the funds to get started on the rebuilding project. Our goal is to assist Fire Fighters across the nation who visit Houston Medical Center for Cancer and other extended illnesses and need a place to stay. A home away from home for our brother fire fighters to help reduce the financial burden on their family during this extended treatment. This is still our dream and our goal, so if you can help us with $8.00 a plate for some good BBQ we would appreciate your visit at the old FS027 6302 Lyons @ Kress on Friday January 25, 2013.

Thank you,

Chief Lorenzo Diaz, Jr.
Houston Fire Department"

ALAN OF POWER TEST, INC.
SUPPORTS CODE 3
Posted January 7, 2013

Alan of Power Test photoWe salute this man for his incredible support of our Foundation and cause. Who is he? He is Alan from Power Test, braving the cold in Wisconsin to get a workout in while promoting Code 3, despite the conditions. Brrrr! Our hats off to you, Alan, and our gratitude for all you have done for the cause over the past year.





CORPUS CHRISTI FIREFIGHTERS
COME THROUGH FOR A BROTHER
BATTLING CANCER
Posted January 5, 2013

We salute the Corpus Christi Firefighters for all they did to help a brother firefighter who is fighting cancer by conducting a very successful fundraising event today. They are a hero's heroes in our eyes. Firefighters deserve this kind of support when they are stricken with cancer, especially since statistics show a likelihood of cancer among them because of the toxins they are exposed to in the line of duty. Read more about the efforts of the Corpus Christi Firefighters.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Posted January 1, 2013

As we embark on a New Year, we would like to share with you this video of memories of our past Annual Missions of Honor and Hope, 2008 - 2012. We invite you to climb aboard the Code 3 fire truck (generously provided by Sutphen Corporation, who also financed the fuel for the journeys) and enjoy some memories with us as our team of firefighter cancer survivors traveled across America and Canada with a three-fold purpose:

1. Honor and remember firefighters (active or retired) who have lost their lives to cancer, because it was they who paved the way, through their service and sacrifice, to the safer equipment and procedures used by firefighters today.

2. Bring attention to the prevalence of firefighting related cancers and encourage early cancer screenings and use of protective equipment among fellow firefighters. (Since there is no known cure for cancer, the most effective weapon against it right now is finding it at its weakest point.)

3. Share our experiences and give hope, support, and encouragement to firefighters and others who are fighting their own personal battles with cancer.

As we look behind with pride at what our team has accomplished, we also realize that none of it would have been possible without the involvement and generosity of many. Our deepest gratitude is owed to the individuals, corporations, firefighters, groups, associations, and local I.A.F.F. unions who have all been such an integral part of our success. THANK YOU. It is because of you that we have progressed further toward our financial goals over the past year. Although providing financial assistance to firefighters battling cancer on a nationwide basis (whether salaried, paid call, or volunteer) is a large undertaking and we still have work to do in terms of reaching our 80/10/10 percentage goals (80% to firefighters battling cancer who are facing a financial hardship, 10% to other nonprofits, and 10% to operating costs), we have faith that, with everyone's help, we will reach these percentage goals. We wish you all a healthy and prosperous New Year.

THANK YOU,
TEAM FIREFIGHTER MEMBER
CIELO ACOSTA
Posted December 29, 2012

Cielo Acosta photoWe want to thank Team Firefighter member Cielo Acosta for so articulately explaining the mission of Code 3 for a Cure via his Active Giving page.






THANK YOU, POWER TEST
Posted December 29, 2012

Power Test logoWe owe our gratitude to Power Test, Inc., for their generous sponsorship in 2012. We greatly appreciate their kindness and support.

FIREFIGHTER JAZLYN "JAZZ" DOOLITTLE
JOINS THE CODE 3 TEAM
OF ATHLETIC WARRIORS
Posted December 28, 2012

Jazz Doolittle photoFirefighter Jazz Doolittle has joined the team of firefighters who are dedicating their races to the cause. Check out her group page on Facebook: Every Mile 4 Everyday Heroes



ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF:
CODE 3 RINGING NASDAQ OPENING BELL
Posted December 28, 2012

Code 3 Rings NASDAQ Bell photoIt was one year ago yesterday that we received the honor of ringing the Opening Bell at NASDAQ. Thank you, VP David Wicks and everyone at NASDAQ OMX, for the incredible experience, and for the amazing photos and video. Special thanks to East Allen Township Fire Department for being an integral part of the event.

CHRISTMAS WINTER MAGIC
FROM THE EYES OF THE
CODE 3 FIRE TRUCK
Posted December 24, 2012

HOW ATHLETES CAN
FUNDRAISE FOR CODE 3
Posted December 22, 2012

Any athlete out there who would like to fundraise for our cause can do so in any one or more of the following ways:

1. You can create your own fundraising page for Code 3 by going to http://www.active.com/donate/code3foracurefound In the lower right, click on “Individuals: Click here to build your personal fundraising page.” There is no cost to you and the site tracks everything for you. Checks are sent to Code 3 by Active on a regular basis with no further work on your part beyond initially setting up the page. Here is an example of a page recently set up: http://www.active.com/donate/code3foracurefound/Cielo

2. You can refer people to our website donation page, where they can donate via Paypal: http://www.code3foracure.org/donate.html

3. Checks can be mailed to: Code 3 for a Cure Foundation, P.O. Box 9087, Alta Loma, CA 91701

If you decide to fundraise for Code 3, get in contact with us at firefighters@code3foracure.org so that we can send you a packet of materials about our Foundation.

Thanks for your support!

FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
ACHIEVES JACKSONVILLE HALF MARATHON
Posted December 18, 2012

Katrina Silvia photoFirefighter Silvia completed the Jacksonville Half Marathon on December 16 in her continued efforts to bring attention to Code 3, and the Jacksonville Times-Union covered the story. Says Katrina, "Hopefully by this making the paper Code 3 will get some much needed donations. I'm on a mission to be a part of getting Code 3 to a national level. Please like their facebook page and share with your friends if you haven't already."







FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
TO REPRESENT TOMORROW AT THE
JACKSONVILLE BANK HALF MARATHON
Posted December 15, 2012

Firefighter Katrina Silvia will be representing us again tomorrow at the Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon. Firefighter Silvia was recently honored by being named the 2012 St. Johns County, FL Firefighter/EMT of the Year award by American Legion Auxiliary, Chapter 233, who also made a generous contribution to our Foundation in honor of Firefighter Silvia. Congratulations, Katrina, and thank you for taking on this Quest of Hope and Honor in helping firefighters diagnosed with cancer. You are a true Warrior.

THANK YOU,
TORRANCE FIRE FIGHTERS
ASSOCIATION
Posted December 8, 2012

The Torrance Fire Fighters Association, Local 1138, recently made a generous contribution to Code 3. Thank you, TFFA!

GRATITUDE TO OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Posted December 7, 2012

We had another productive Board meeting on Tuesday. Our Board members are a tremendous blessing. Thank you, Brian Anderson, Dennis Bitters, Bob Burton, Diane Ervin, and Bob Fields, for all you have given, for all the work you have done, and for generously sharing your time, talent, and wisdom to consistently provide guidance to the Founder and Cofounder to help ensure Code 3 continues to move forward in a positive direction.

FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
FEATURED IN DOLCE VITA MAGAZINE
November 28, 2012

Katrina Silvia photoWe are excited to announce that Firefighter Katrina Silvia is receiving some well deserved recognition. Firefighter Silvia achieved the Ironman Florida on November 3, wearing firefighter gear during the entire 26.2 mile marathon portion, to bring attention to our Foundation and cause.

She is featured in the Winter 2012 edition of Dolce Vita Magazine. View online article here. You can also click here to view the article as it appears in the magazine.

Over the past several months, Firefighter Silvia has shown tremendous dedication to furthering the Code 3 for a Cure cause. In addition to preparing her body physically and pushing herself to the remarkable achievement of the 2012 Ironman Florida in firefighter gear, Firefighter Silvia has consistently gone above and beyond to bring attention to Code 3 by approaching both individuals and companies to share it with them.  Her incredible efforts have resulted in donations in excess of $3,100, all of which went directly to our Foundation.

Even during some of her races, Firefighter Silvia carries Code 3 fliers in her turnout pockets, passing them to onlookers. According to Firefighter Silvia, her biggest challenge has been keeping the fliers "dry" while in the middle of a hard workout.

Florida Governor Rick Scott was so impressed with her efforts that he wrote a letter to Firefighter Silvia which says, in part, "I join your family, friends, and community in being very proud of you for this very special accomplishment. Your dedication to helping firefighters who are stricken with cancer is admirable and inspiring. By completing the marathon portion of Ironman Florida in firefighter gear, you have honored and brought hope to firefighters and their families as they continue in their fights against this disease."

We congratulate Katrina on her outstanding achievement and on this well deserved recognition, and we thank her for her phenomenal efforts.

KURT LESSENTHIEN ACHIEVES HALF MARATHON
ON THANKSGIVING DAY
FOR CODE 3 AND CATTY SHACK RANCH
Posted November 22, 2012

Kurt Lessenthien photoKurt Lessenthien did us a great honor by wearing the Code 3 for a Cure patch on his Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary shirt as he achieved a half marathon today in Jacksonville, Florida in 1:59:36. Kurt also did this in support of Firefighter Katrina Silvia's incredible efforts for our cause. Here's what he posted on his Facebook timeline: "It's not too late to donate to Code 3 for a Cure on behalf of firefighter Katrina Silvia. With all the donations including her webpage, she has raised over $3,000 to help firefighters battling cancer. Her goal is $5,000, and with a little help we can get her there. This is a great cause championed by an amazing person. Please help if you can. Thank you"

We are so proud of what Kurt did to support Katrina's efforts for our cause, and to achieve the half marathon in such great time. Kurt also made two generous donations to Code 3. He is a true ambassador for ours and another great cause, the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. Thank you, brother, and congratulations!

FIREFIGHTER PATRICK GORDON:
A TRUE WARRIOR IN THE FIGHT
Posted November 19, 2012

Lorenzo Abundiz and Patrick Gordon photoWe just received this letter via Facebook from Firefighter Patrick Gordon, a true warrior in the fight who is in the middle of his own all-out war and needs weapons of prayers and miracles to beat the enemy in his body. We ask for everyone's prayers for strength and healing for Patrick, and that doctors find nothing on November 30. The more positive spiritual thoughts we have being sent up into the Heavens for him the better. Thank you, everyone, and thank you, Patrick. It is a great honor to know you and we are the better for it.

"Lorenzo and Peggy. I just wanted to say God Bless you both for all that you do. As you know, in 2008 I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer. Four years, 6 surgeries, 23 procedures, chemo, radiation, and a permanent colostomy later they just found metastasized cancer in my liver. I really thought that I finally had it beat, but it wasn’t to be. I go in for liver surgery on November 30th at University of Chicago Hospital. They told me that no chemo or radiation is suggested this time. Once they open me up they will be able to ultrasound the liver and if they see any other spots but the one, they will just sew me back up and it will be over. So it’s do or die in the most literal sense this time. I know I’m a fighter by what I’ve been through, but I always swore that when it becomes “buying time” I would choose quality over quantity. I have around a 20% chance to be cured so I continue on. I ask and want nothing but your prayers on the 30th. I’m still working full time on the ladder company and am so glad I still have things to look forward to. My city, union brothers, chiefs, friends and family have been very supportive as have both of you. I don’t remember exactly how we initially touched base. Much of the time back then I have somehow blocked out of my memory, but I do remember that neither of you have ever forgotten me or my fight. To go out of your way to visit me at my fire station just to say hello, which incidentally I know took you hundreds of miles out of the way blew me away. If anyone out there is ever questioning your dedication, honesty, or love for the firefighting community, you can tell them to call me anytime. If I manage to pull this off and I’m still here, I will give testimony anytime for both you and the cause. Keep going strong you two. Love you guys! Patrick"

TEAM FIREFIGHTER MEMBERS
CONQUER IRONMAN ARIZONA
Posted November 19, 2012

We congratulate Team Firefighter members Ricardo Alamo, John Tuggle, Rick Van Tuyl, and Robert Verhelst on achieving Ironman Arizona yesterday. Firefighter Van Tuyl made this a fundraising mission for Code 3, and presented us with the funds he has collected over the past several weeks as he trained for this event. Congratulations to all of them on a job well done, and thanks to Team Firefighter, led by President Kyle Hamilton, for the incredible support of Code 3 this year. You can check out the IMAZ album on our Facebook page.

FF KEVIN OLDHAM:
ALWAYS A TRUE WARRIOR
OF HOPE, HONOR,
VALOR AND COURAGE
Posted November 17, 2012

We felt compelled to share this recent Facebook post by Katie Oldham: "I am following all you are doing with Code 3 For a Cure--and cheering you on!! Your mission is so important! I posted this video on my FB page yesterday--it's pancreatic awareness month so, this is your video that shares Kevin's message from when he traveled with you."

Thank you, Katie! Kevin continues to save lives, and we will always share his eternal message of hope and honor. There is not a day that goes by that we don't think about him. He will always be a true warrior, and his valor and courage stand as an example to us all.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:
FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
ACHIEVES IRONMAN FLORIDA
Posted November 10, 2012

Katrina Silvia photoOn November 3, 2012, Firefighter Katrina Silvia (St. Johns County, FL) completed the Ironman Florida for our Foundation and cause. After swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112, Firefighter Silvia donned her firefighter gear, including air tank and helmet (including Code 3 HOPE Shield) and achieved the marathon portion. She completed the race at 11:45pm, after 16 hours and 45 minutes. After all of that, she still managed to carry the 5-foot Code 3 banner across the finish line, a great tribute to the cause as well as to her own determination and spirit. But Firefighter Silvia did more than "just" achieve the Ironman Florida in firefighter gear; she spent the several months leading up to the race pounding the pavement in a different way: she rallied people to donate to Code 3 for a Cure, resulting in over $2,500 in donations to the cause. Katrina is a Warrior of Hope and Honor, and we congratulate and commend her on this incredible accomplishment. Most of all, we thank her for being such a tremendous ambassador for the cause.

See album on our Facebook page

FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
TO ACHIEVE IRONMAN FLORIDA
FOR THE CAUSE
Posted November 1, 2012

Katrina Silvia photo Firefighter Katrina Silvia, mother of two, will achieve the Ironman Florida this Saturday, November 3, donning her firefighter gear for the 26.2 mile marathon portion of the Ironman-- after completing the 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike. She already completed the Marine Corps Half Marathon on October 6 in this fashion. Katrina has worked diligently over the past several months to encourage donations to Code 3. See what Celine Dion has to say about Katrina's amazing efforts. We are with you, Katrina, and will be cheering for you every step of the way this Saturday!




FIREFIGHTER CORY TAYLOR
COMPLETES MAPLE LEAF HALF MARATHON
Posted October 30,. 2012

Cory Taylor photoWe recently learned that on September 29, 2012, Firefighter Cory Taylor completed the YMCA Maple Leaf Half Marathon in La Crosse, Wisconsin for our Foundation and cause. About the Maple Leaf event, Cory shared the following: "I received a lot of support and positive feedback from spectators along the route, wanting to know about Code 3 for a Cure....so I’m glad that I was able to bring some awareness for this great foundation." In addition to raising awareness, Firefighter Taylor raised funds as well, and we greatly appreciate all he did for Code 3. Thanks, Cory!

RAYONIER MAKES CONTRIBUTION
Posted October 30, 2012

Rayonier logoRayonier recently made a generous contribution to our Foundation and cause. Thank you, Rayonier!

KEVIN SIMS ACHIEVES
THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON
Posted October 29, 2012

Kevin Sims jersey photoKevin Sims finished the Marine Corps Marathon yesterday in 5:43:39. His pace was 13:06 min/mile, and his time of arrival was 13:55:10. Awesome. Way to go, brother, and thank you for representing the cause in such a great way.














KEVIN SIMS TO ACHIEVE
MARINE CORPS MARATHON
FOR THE CAUSE
Posted October 25, 2012

Kevin Sims photoWe wish the very best to Kevin Sims as he tackles the Marine Corps Marathon this Sunday, October 28, in Washington, D. C. for our cause. After sending him some materials, we got the photo shown right and this message from Kevin yesterday: "Received your mail today. Thank you so much!!! I'm glad it arrived today since we are flying out to DC tomorrow. I will get this patch on my shirt and wear it proudly!!!" Thank you, Kevin, we will be rooting you on as you work to achieve this victory!




FIREFIGHTER ETHAN DADE,
YOU HAVE MADE US PROUD
Posted October 22, 2012

Ethan Dade photoFirefighter/Paramedic Ethan Dade (Madison, WI) achieved the St. Louis Half Marathon yesterday (October 21) in 2 hours 27 minutes wearing firefighter turnout gear, including air tank and helmet.

Firefighter Dade has already achieved two other races in this fashion for our cause this year: the April 15 St. Louis Half Marathon and the Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon on July 22. Says Ethan, "I take the responsibility of being a vehicle to make people aware of this amazing charity very seriously and hope I'm making a difference for firefighters with cancer and their families! I love this job...not really a job but lifestyle and the many avenues we have to help people out. If someone can fight cancer for an extended amount of time I can run a half marathon to support them!!"

CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE:
FIREFIGHTER JOHN MCKNIGHT
Posted October 21, 2012

John McKnight photoFirefighter John McKnight (North County Fire, CA) designed our logo, as well as our official patch, displayed in the header above and in this photo. He has been an integral part of Code 3 for a Cure ever since its inception, and we are extremely fortunate that he has freely and continually given of his time and talents in many ways to help this Foundation grow and prosper.

GOOD LUCK,
FIREFIGHTER ETHAN DADE
Posted October 20, 2012

We wish much strength to Firefighter Ethan Dade as he achieves the St. Louis Half Marathon tomorrow for our cause. We are with you, brother!

THANK YOU FROM
A COURAGEOUS FIREFIGHTER
Posted October 19, 2012

Thank You Card photoJust received this card from a firefighter we recently helped. That right there makes it all worthwhile. Thanks to all of you who are making it happen through your generous donations, your incredible athletic accomplishments, and your tremendous efforts. We also thank this courageous firefighter for taking the time to write such a heartfelt message.

SYLVANIA FIREFIGHTERS
IAFF LOCAL 2243
MAKE DONATION
FROM CAR SHOW/FUNDRAISER
Posted October 18, 2012

The Second Annual Firefighter Cancer Charity Car Show was held on September 8, proceeds from which went to our Foundation and other worthy causes. We greatly appreciate all the time and effort that went into making the Car Show happen. Thanks to Sylvania Firefighters IAFF Local 2243, Firefighter Jeff Young, and all involved.

FIREFIGHTER ETHAN DADE
TO RUN THE ST. LOUIS HALF MARATHON
FOR CODE 3
Posted October 17, 2012

Ethan Dade photoWe are very pleased and proud to share that Firefighter/Paramedic Ethan Dade (Madison, WI) will be running in the St. Louis Half Marathon for our Foundation this Sunday. Firefighter Dade has already completed two other races in this fashion (April 15 and July 22) for our cause. He is pictured here running the Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon on July 22. Says Ethan, "Happy to announce I will be running the St.Louis Half Marathon on October 21st. Hoping to post a great time for Code 3 for a Cure and continue to raise awareness and fundraising for the cause." We greatly appreciate all Firefighter Dade is doing, and we wish him strength this Sunday. Go, Ethan!

A REMINDER OF WHY
THIS FOUNDATION WAS FORMED
Posted October 16, 2012

Lorenzo Abundiz photoThis photo was taken after a fire at a commercial building that stored tires, vehicles, etc. Pictured center is the President and Founder of Code 3 for a Cure, Lorenzo Abundiz. The fire broke out on October 10, 1990, in Santa Ana, California. While crews were fighting the fire, a part of the building structure had collapsed on some of his comrades. Having no time to hook up his breathing mask, Lorenzo rushed in to help them. A medical expert at USC wrote, “This patient, in effect, was a rubber worker. He had as much exposure during that rubber fire as many rubber workers have in a lifetime of work.”

That was one call, one incident, during one shift. Imagine what he was exposed to over his 27-year firefighting career. Like many firefighters, Lorenzo’s exposures included pesticides, household poisons, fertilizers, plastics, gasoline and other petroleum products, explosives, drug lab chemicals, and so on.

In 1998, Lorenzo was stricken with a rare and aggressive cancer called leiomyosarcoma. A report written by the medical expert at USC stated that “It is medically certain in my mind that this patient’s tumor is work related,” and to deny this as an industrial injury is “inexcusable.” Nevertheless, the same City who had presented him with a citation for bravery for his heroism during that 1990 fire repeatedly denied Lorenzo’s requests for workers’ compensation benefits. One particular memory he recalls is sitting in a deposition hearing post-surgery with drainage tubes hanging off his side, feeling like a criminal because he was reaching out for help so he could receive adequate medical care. In a letter dated June 28, 2000, California State Assemblyman Louis Papan wrote, “…my staff and I have hoped that common sense and humanity would prevail in this situation. I’m sorry that has not happened yet.”

Unfortunately, Lorenzo’s case is not an isolated one. While many may think firefighters are well taken care of when faced with a cancer diagnosis, many times that is not the case. Learn more about this fact, and the correlation between firefighting and cancer on our FF Cancer page.

In 2003, just one month after Lorenzo was declared cured from the leiomyosarcoma, he was diagnosed with a second cancer, in his bladder. The pathology report showed traces of tar. Lorenzo had never smoked a cigarette in his life, but had fought many roof fires throughout his career. Nevertheless, he opted not to subject himself to the nightmare of filing a workers’ compensation claim. Instead, Lorenzo decided to put his energy and focus into answering a different call: work together with a team of people to build the Code 3 for a Cure Foundation, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity. In addition to completing an Annual Mission of Honor and Hope, Code 3 for a Cure’s primary purpose is to provide financial assistance to firefighters across the country who are stricken with cancer and facing a financial hardship, regardless of whether they belong to a union or not, and regardless of whether they are salaried, paid call, or volunteer, because cancer doesn’t care about any of those factors. (Lorenzo is currently fighting prostate cancer, and his prognosis is good.)

You can read more about the history of Code 3 on our History page.

CELINE DION RECOGNIZES
THE AMAZING EFFORTS OF
FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
Posted October 15, 2012

Katrina Silvia photoWe are grateful to Celine Dion for all the support she has given to our Foundation. Today, Celine recognized the incredible efforts of Firefighter Katrina Silvia as FF Silvia prepares for the Ironman Florida on November 3. See Celine's post here. FF Silvia will complete the marathon portion of the race in firefighter turnout gear. She recently completed the Marine Corps half marathon on October 6 in this fashion, handing out Code 3 fliers DURING THE RACE. FF Silvia is a true ambassador of the cause, and we greatly appreciate all she and other firefighter athletes are doing to promote Code 3.

CODE 3 ATTENDS
SCOTT FF COMBAT CHALLENGE
October 5-6, 2012

Firefighter Combat Challenge photoWe were proud to be a part of the Firefighter Combat Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada, and appreciate all the hard work Las Vegas Firefighter Robert "Jake" Jacobsmeyer put into organizing this great event, along with others who played a part in it. Jake also put together a raffle/fundraiser for Firefighter Jeanie Allen (Middleton, ID), who was a competitor in the Challenge and is currently battling clear cell sarcoma. We thank all who contributed by donating a prize or purchasing raffle tickets. We were honored to support and assist with the raffle, and know that Jeanie will continue to heal and get stronger. We pray for strength and healing for all firefighters who have been afflicted by cancer, as well as their families.

Emcee Mike Word did an incredible job promoting the raffle and the mission of Code 3. He also led us all in a powerful prayer of healing for Jeanie during the opening ceremony, as firefighters from across America and Canada huddled around her and enveloped her in a circle of support.

The Honor Guard of Las Vegas Local 1285, who go above and beyond in volunteering their time at special events, performed during the opening ceremony, adding a great deal of honor to the ceremony.

Congratulations to all the courageous firefighters across America and Canada who showed true grit in their determination to take on this Challenge.

See event photo album on our Facebook page.

Watch video on our YouTube channel.

VILLAGE PEOPLE SUPPORT
CODE 3 FOR A CURE
Posted September 21, 2012

Village People photoWe just received word today from the world famous VILLAGE PEOPLE that our donation link is now a permanent part of their "News" page on their website. VILLAGE PEOPLE have been a beacon of joy and hope over many years to people all over the world through their one-of-a-kind, first-rate musical and theatrical talents. We cannot thank them enough for this honor and for the incredible support they are lending our brother and sister firefighters across the nation through promotion of our cause.

ROBERT K. GUERIN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
4th ANNUAL BOWLING FUNDRAISER
ON OCTOBER 6, 2012 IN KINOSHA, WISCONSIN
(Posted September 18, 2012)

Robert Guerin photoWe hope that those of you who are in the vicinity of Kinosha, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 6, 2012, will be able to come to this really fun fundraiser for a great cause. You can register here. Here is an excerpt from the Foundation's website explaining what the fundraiser is all about: "Lieutenant Robert "Bobby" Guerin retired from the Zion Fire Rescue Department after 30 years of service. He died in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. He left his wife Bridget, and children Ross and Allison. This scholarship was created at Bobby’s request, in the hope of giving back to his colleagues in the fire service whom he loved so much. As such, the ideal applicant will embody those characteristics which so defined Bobby. Athletics/extracurricular activities reflect on his love of baseball, softball, and bowling, and represent the team spirit which was so important to him, and which is at the heart of being a firefighter. Community involvement demonstrates Bobby’s commitment to those around him, and his passion for caring for others. Being a Lake County resident reflects his sense of community. Bobby worked in Zion and raised his family here. He was proud to live and work here. He would be honored to know that a scholarship bearing his name awards students who personify these traits."

Bridget Guerin, a dear friend, shared with us her experiences in order to offer her support to others who have suffered through tragedy. Here is her story, in her own words: "Cancer invited itself into our lives in 2005. My husband Bobby was a veteran firefighter, and the love of my life. We had been married for 24 years, had two great kids (Ross and Allison), and things were humming along nicely. Life had indeed been very good to us - we felt very blessed.

"At 49, following his annual department physical, Bobby began having urinary issues. After considerable prodding from me (so typical!) he went to our family doctor who sent him to a urologist. In spite of having a PSA level of 1.9, (a level of 10+ usually raises concern) Bobby was diagnosed with an extremely agressive form of prostate cancer. While we were certainly frightened, it truly never crossed our minds that we could lose this battle.  Doctors found cancer cells in his lymph nodes during surgery to remove the prostate a couple of months later. They left the prostate and turned their attention to this new, much more alarming development. Over the next two years, Bobby endured seemingly endless rounds of chemo, at least two clinical trials, and radiation. Ultimately, it was not meant to be, and we lost him in August of 2008.

"While it certainly didn't end the way we had hoped, there were so very many blessings during Bobby's illness, and we experienced love and friendship in an intensity that only comes through life's trials. We were fortunate to meet that one doctor that truly embraced us and made sure Bobby felt well enough to renew our vows on our 25th anniversary in the Virgin Islands, or so Bobby could attend White Sox Fantasy Camp in Arizona. He was able to attend our daughter's graduation from high school, and most especialy, see his son become a firefighter. All of these special moments were truly gifts that Bobby treasured, and the kids and I hold on to.

"The one constant throughout Bobby's illness and in the years since his passing has been our firefighter family. The men of the Zion Fire and Rescue Department and their families were with us through everything, including praying with us, staying at the hospital each night with us, bringing food, and ultimately helping us give him back to God. It is truly humbling to be part of such an extraordinary group of people, who still stand beside us whenever we call on them. Together with my family, they have embraced the cause of Code 3 for a Cure, and will continue to be part of this mission to raise awareness and remember those we have lost. Again, we are incredibly blessed." -Bridget Guerin-

PLEASE VOTE FOR CODE 3 FOR A CURE
TO BE SELECTED FOR A GRANT
FROM CHASE BANK!
Posted September 7, 2012

From September 6 until September 19, you can vote for your favorite two charities to win their share of grants from Chase Bank. If you can, please take the time to VOTE FOR CODE 3 FOR A CURE. Thank you for your support of our cause to help firefighters stricken with cancer.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER!
Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge
Las Vegas Regional

Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge flierThis October 5 & 6, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge will be held in Las Vegas--and Code 3 for a Cure will be there! It will be held in the shadow of the Stratosphere Tower. We encourage any and all California firefighters that have ever wanted to challenge themselves, to come out and participate in this event. Check out the website at www.firefighter-challenge.com and look for Las Vegas on the schedule OR Youtube - Firefighter Combat Challenge to see competitor videos.

It's not too late to register! This is a fun competition, full of action and camaraderie. Come join the fun, and visit the Code 3 for a Cure table while you're there! For further info you can contact Robert “Jake” Jacobsmeyer at 702-419-5247 or Jacque Palmer @ 702-592-1267. View the event flier.

On Sunday, October 7 the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation will be doing a Memorial Stair Climb as well. Check their website for more info: www.theburnfoundation.org.

PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE
FOR CODE 3 FOR A CURE
ON SEPTEMBER 6!
Posted September 1, 2012

Code 3 for a Cure has been nominated for a grant from Chase Bank, and you will be able to cast your vote for your favorite charity from September 6-19. Please cast your vote for us, and spread the word! See details

SECOND ANNUAL
FIRE FIGHTERS CANCER CHARITY CAR SHOW
Posted August 27, 2012

Fire Fighters Cancer Charity Car Show imageIf you're in the vicinity of Sylvania, Ohio on Saturday, Sepember 8, please come out and support the 2nd annual FIRE FIGHTERS CANCER CHARITY CAR SHOW. The event's slogan is "FIRE FIGHTERS FIGHT MORE THAN FIRE"--which is why our organization exists. Proceeds from the event will be used to help support Code 3 and other worthy causes. Thanks to FF Jeff Young and all involved in making it happen. See event flier for details.

FIRE VELO COMPLETES ITS ANNUAL
SF TO LA RIDE
August 25, 2012

Fire Velo team photoThe National Fire Velo Cycling Club's Annual SF to LA Ride came to a successful close today on the Santa Monica Pier. Beginning on August 19 as they crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to set off on their long trek to Santa Monica, these firefighter athletes showed their true commitment and determination, through fog, drizzle, a wide variety of roadways, construction work, tight squeezes, and other challenges along remarkably scenic Highway 1, to cross the finish line in beautiful SoCal. The last day of their journey included an awesome escort with fire apparatus for several miles by the Oxnard Fire Department, as well as escorts by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, both during the middle of the ride and during the last quarter mile.

It quickly became apparent to us, both early on and as the week progressed, that a tremendous amount of time, effort, and talent went into putting this event together and carrying it through to a successful end. We congratulate all the Fire Velo volunteers for pulling off such a superb achievement.

We are extremely proud of the fact that, throughout their journey, the Code 3 logo was prominently displayed on the lower back center of the Fire Velo jerseys. We congratulate each and every one of the Fire Velo cyclists and, above all, we thank them; for in giving of themselves through the sport of cycling, they have helped support Code 3, as well as other organizations. It was an honor that we were invited to be a part of this week-long achievement, and we thank the entire Fire Velo team for allowing us to share in their incredible journey.

See album of the entire week-long event on our Facebook page

FIRE VELO'S SF TO LA RIDE:
6 DAYS DOWN, 1/2 DAY TO GO!
August 24, 2012

Jim Berklite and Lorenzo Abundiz photoWe had the distinct pleasure of re-joining Fire Velo in Oxnard this evening. After completing a whopping 90 mile ride from Lompoc to Oxnard, the cyclists were treated to some great hospitality and a delicious lasagna dinner by the Oxnard Fire Department at Station 1. Following dinner, Code 3 President Lorenzo presented Fire Velo President Jim Berklite with a plaque in appreciation for all Fire Velo has done for our cause.

The cyclists will cross the finish line tomorrow at Noon on the Santa Monica pier, escorted by fire apparatus from Station 88, and Code 3 will be there to cheer them on. Hope you will too! Or, if you can't attend due to geographic or other reasons, show them your support by "liking" the Fire Velo Facebook Page.

Check out the full album of the SF to LA Ride on our Facebook page.

Watch the shout-out of support from the Oxnard firefighters to FF Robert Verhelst, who will be representing our cause at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI on October 13.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
FROM FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA
Posted August 22, 2012

FF Katrina Silvia photoHere is our inspirational quote for the week, written by Firefighter Katrina Silvia (Florida): "Ran 10.5 miles with a 20 pound steel SCBA along with wearing my bunker pants in 83 degree weather = one tired girl. Trying to spread the word about Code 3."

Firefighter Silvia is training hard in preparation for the Ironman Florida on November 3, the marathon portion of which she will complete in firefighter turnout gear, including SCBA, in order to bring attention to our Foundation and cause. She and other members of Team Firefighter are competing in various runs and triathlon events across the country in support of Code 3.

We are amazed by the fact that Katrina and others, who risk their lives every day to protect life and property, are now working so hard outside of their jobs in order to help a brother or sister firefighter who is battling cancer, in support of our Foundation's purpose.

See Katrina's fundraising page
and what she has to say
about Code 3 for a Cure.

DAY 2 OF FIRE VELO'S SF TO LA RIDE
August 20, 2012

It was an incredible day for Fire Velo, and a remarkable ending at the Watsonville Fire Department, who set up their aerial ladder truck with the American flag waving below it to welcome the riders, then provided a delicious feast for the hungry athletes. Our gratitude to the Watsonville firefighters for their tremendous hospitality, and for their heartfelt expression of support for Madison Firefighter Robert Verhelst as he prepares for the Ironman World Championship on October 13, where he will represent the Code 3 cause.

See the day's photo highlights



FIRE VELO'S ANNUAL SF TO LA RIDE BEGINS
August 19, 2012

Fire Velo SF to LA Ride photoFire Velo members started their day in the early morning hours and, assisted by the Southern Marin Fire Protection District in Sausalito, who hosted their departure, began their week-long journey to Santa Monica. The cyclists first proceeded across the Golden Gate Bridge, then down the beautiful coast on Highway 1, and ended the first day's ride at the Coastside Fire Protection District Headquarters, Station 40, at Half Moon Bay, where the Coastside firefighters and Half Moon Bay Volunteer firefighters welcomed everyone with incredible hospitality, as well as a great barbecue feast for all the hungry riders.

The Coastside and Half Moon Bay firefighters also took the time to give a special encouraging message to Madison, WI Firefighter Robert Verhelst, who will be representing our cause at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI on October 13. See their message of encouragement here. For those who haven't yet heard about what Robert is doing, you can watch what he has to say about his special efforts for Code 3.

We are honored to have been invited by Fire Velo to be a part of this incredible week-long journey, and are grateful for the fact that these Fire Velo members are riding in honor of ours and other fire service based organizations. It has been a truly worthwhile experience already, and we have gotten to know some super people; from the riders, to the support team, to the other nonprofit leaders. We are grateful to Fire Velo President Jim Berklite and his leadership team for choosing our Foundation to be a part of this journey. We will post updates throughout the week, on this page as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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FIRE VELO SF TO LA RIDERS GET "ORIENTED"
August 18, 2012

Lorenzo Abundiz photoFire Velo kicks off its annual SF to LA Ride on Sunday, August 19, and Code 3 for a Cure is honored and proud to be a part of it! After Fire Velo President Jim Berklite gave an informative pep talk tonight to all the firefighter bicyclists who are participating in the ride, Code 3 President Lorenzo Abundiz shared with the group what our mission is all about--and the inspiration behind it.

The SF to LA Ride begins tomorrow morning shortly after 8am, when the riders will cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and will end when they reach the Santa Monica Pier on August 25. The ride is serving as a fundraiser for ours and other nonprofit firefighter organizations. We greatly appreciate what Fire Velo is doing for our cause, and we thank all the athletes who are riding to help others.

Fire Velo is a national fire department based cycling club that supports firefighter organizations, and has given our Foundation tremendous support already this year, in the form of a generous contribution to our cause. We can vouch for the fact that Fire Velo truly lives up to its slogan: "Firefighters Riding for Others," and we wish Godspeed to all the riders as they embark on this incredible journey.

VILLAGE PEOPLE ISSUES STATEMENT
OF SUPPORT FOR CODE 3
Posted August 14, 2012

Village People statementThe incredibly talented, world famous, one-and-only VILLAGE PEOPLE recently issued a statement of support for our cause. We salute Felipe (Native American), Eric (biker), Ray (police officer), David (construction worker), Alex (G.I./military man), and Jeff (cowboy) for bringing joy and musical magic into the hearts and minds of people all over the world for decades and more to come, and are truly honored by their kind words. View their statement on our Celebrity page. Check out their beautiful website: www.officialvillagepeople.com

FIREFIGHTER NATHAN WILLIAMS
RISES UP TO THE "CHALLENGE"
Posted August 6, 2012

Nathan Williams photo

On Sunday, August 5, 2012, Team Firefighter member Nathan Williams (San Luis Obispo Fire, California) competed in the 10k Central Coast Cancer Challenge, wearing firefighter turnout gear in support of our Foundation. During the race, he and another runner were taking turns passing each other up. Back and forth they went until finally, about 3/4 of the way through the race, the fellow runner tossed out a challenge to Firefighter Williams: beat him, and he would donate $100 to Code 3 for a Cure. As it turns out, FF Williams did just that, turnouts, helmet, and all! The fellow racer wrote out a check on the spot. Our thanks to Nathan for spreading the word, and to the kind athlete who contributed so generously to the cause.

FIREFIGHTER KATRINA SILVIA BEGINS PREPARATIONS
FOR IRONMAN FLORIDA ON NOVEMBER 3
Posted July 30, 2012


Katrina Silvia photoWe greatly appreciate the efforts of Firefighter Katrina Silvia as she prepares for the Ironman Florida. Here is what she wrote on 7/29/12: "Ran 4 miles with my airpack on yesterday. Building my distance to run/walk the marathon portion of Ironman Florida on Nov 3rd to raise money for Code 3 For a Cure!!" Truly incredible. You go, Code 3 girl!

Our sincere thanks to FF Silvia and other members of Team Firefighter who are supporting our cause in such remarkable ways.

FIREFIGHTER ETHAN DADE ACHIEVES
2012 CHICAGO ROCK N ROLL
HALF MARATHON
FOR OUR CAUSE
July 22, 2012


FF Ethan Dade Completes 2012 Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon photo

We are proud to share that, on July 22, 2012, Firefighter Ethan Dade completed the 2012 Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon in 2 hours, 41 minutes, despite the heat. Congratulations to FF Dade on this terrific achievement. We are grateful and honored that he represented our Foundation in doing so, thus bringing more attention to our cause. We really appreciate what he is doing to spread the word.

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BLOOD DRIVE HELD BY SAN MIGUEL FIRE DEPARTMENT
& SAN DIEGO BLOOK BANK
July 3, 2012

San Miguel Blood Drive photo

We were invited via Facebook to a blood drive for a San Miguel firefighter who will be undergoing major back surgery next month. We were privileged to come out in support of one of San Miguel's bravest. Our prayers of healing and comfort go out to him and his family as he meets this challenge. For more photos, see our Facebook page.

NATIONAL FIRE VELO CYCLING CLUB GIVES GENEROUSLY TO THE CAUSE
June 10, 2012


L.A. River Ride photo

"Firefighters Riding for Others." That was the slogan on display on the National Fire Velo Cycling Club booth at the Annual Los Angeles River Ride on June 10. Well, the Code 3 for a Cure team quickly realized just how appropriate that slogan is when we were presented with a generous donation check from Jim Berklite, President of Fire Velo, and his fellow team members. Our gratitude is owed to Fire Velo for this very kind and generous contribution to our cause.

The National Fire Velo Cycling Club is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity organization and Fire Department based cycling club dedicated to providing financial assistance to fire department based groups and causes such as our own. For information on how you can become a member of this great organization while at the same time playing a role in assisting firefighter organizations, please visit the Fire Velo website.

Once again, our sincere thanks to Fire Velo for the incredibly generous support!

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FIRE VELO NATIONAL & CODE 3 TO ATTEND L.A. RIVERS RIDE - SUNDAY JUNE 10
(posted June 8)

We are pleased to share the following announcement from Jim Berklite, President of Fire Velo National:

"It's time to ride! Please join us at the LA Rivers Ride Sunday, June 10th . There are several distances for all levels of riders. Visit http://www.la-bike.org for all the info. Lorenzo Abundiz, 3 time cancer survivor and President/Founder of Code 3 for a Cure Foundation will be joining us at our booth. We'll be selling t-shirts and there will be refreshments for our riders. So mark your calendars and show your support. If you have any questions give me a call. Hope to see you there!
Stay safe,
Jim Berklite
President, Fire Velo National"

MEMBERS OF TEAM FIREFIGHTER COMPETE FOR THE CAUSE


Team Firefighter Members photo

On May 5, 2012, the Code 3 for a Cure team attended the Ironman St. George in Utah to support Team Firefighter members Rick Van Tuyl and Robert Verhelst. As we were leaving the swim area to stage along the course, we received some very good news: across the country on that same day, in New Jersey, three other Team Firefighter members were also competing for our cause at the Devilman triathlon: Michael Cronin, Larry Durland, and Brian Manners. Says Code 3 President Lorenzo Abundiz, "Their demonstration of true determination and spirit is what is needed to make change toward a positive outcome against firefighter related cancers. Our gratitude is owed to all of these men, as well as to Kyle Hamilton and Team Firefighter, for the amazing support."

FIRE VELO ANNOUNCES NEW TRAILER

Fire Velo trailer photo

We are pleased to pass on the news that the National Fire Velo Cycling Club has just obtained a beautiful new trailer, with financial assistance from the Annenberg Foundation. Says Jim Berklite, President of National Fire Velo, "The new trailer will be used at several events throughout the year. The main purpose of the trailer is to increase the safety of our riders. The trailer will also increase the visibility of our Club, partners and the events we support..." Code 3 for a Cure is proud to be one of those partners.

Congratulations to Jim and all at National Fire Velo on this great addition!

Fire Velo will be participating in the LA Rivers Ride on June 10, where they will be debuting their new trailer and will have a booth for their group. Read more on the National Fire Velo website.

FIREFIGHTER ETHAN DADE COMPLETES ST. LOUIS HALF MARATHON
FOR CODE 3 FOR A CURE
April 15, 2012

Ethan Dade at St. Louis half marathonWe are grateful and proud that, on April 15, 2012, Firefighter Ethan Dade of the Madison Fire Department (Wisconsin) completed the St. Louis half marathon for Code 3 for a Cure.

FF Dade has been a City of Madison Firefighter/Paramedic for the last four years and a Firefighter since 2005. Says FF Dade, "This job offers so many ways to get into the community and make a mark and I figured why not do it for this awesome cause with the exposure we have as firefighters. I have seen the effects of cancer on not only some of our members but also members of surrounding departments and think the message and fundraising you are doing for cancer victims, survivors and their families is top notch." 

FF Dade completed the St. Louis half marathon in 2 hours and 21 minutes. Next stop: the Chicago Rock n Roll half marathon on July 22, where he will again compete in firefighter gear to help spread the word. Thank you, Firefighter Ethan Dade, for all you are doing for the cause.

THE HAMILTON BROWN HOUSE, FIRST EVER FIREFIGHTER HOUSE,
SOON TO BREAK GROUND
March 20, 2012

Hamilton Brown House

THANK YOU, POWER TEST!
March 15, 2012


Power Test

SUPPORT OUR CAUSE BY BUYING & SELLING ON eBAY
March 13, 2012

Code 3 for a Cure is now part of the eBay Giving Works program. So, you can support our mission when you buy and sell on eBay. Here’s how:

Go to our link on eBay, then:

SELL: You can designate our organization to receive 10-100% of your final sale price the next time you list something. Charity listings often get more bids and higher prices than regular eBay listings, so you can boost your sales while supporting our cause. Plus eBay will give you a fee credit on your basic selling fees.

BUY: You can also support Code 3 when you buy on eBay. You can find whatever you're looking for – from baseball cards to new cars and more. When you do, shop for items that benefit us. You can get a great deal--and support Code 3 at the same time.

IN HONOR OF FIREFIGHTER KEVIN OLDHAM
March 11, 2012

Kevin Oldham

See Kevin's Eternal Message on YouTube

SCOTT SAFETY MAKES GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION
March 7, 2012

Scott Safety

PENNY MARSHALL ISSUES STATEMENT OF SUPPORT
March 5, 2012

Penny Marshall

PRESIDENT LORENZO ABUNDIZ INTERVIEWED BY FDNN TV
at Fire Trucks Plus, Inc. - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
February 25, 2012

Lorenzo Abundiz is interviewed by Melissa Gonzales

Lorenzo Abundiz with Fire Trucks Plus staff

CODE 3 FOR A CURE RINGS NASDAQ OPENING BELL
December 27, 2011

Photo by The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., © 2011

Code 3 for a Cure Rings NASDAQ Opening Bell image

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