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Firefighters save live, now help save theirs
The Code 3 for a Cure Foundation (www.code3foracure.org) is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity with a three-fold purpose: (1) provide financial assistance to firefighters (whether active or retired, salaried, paid call, or volunteer) across the country who are stricken with cancer and facing a financial hardship; (2) support active and retired firefighters diagnosed with cancer, and help minimize the effects of cancer among firefighters, by giving encouragement and sharing our experiences. (This is achieved, in part, through an Annual Mission of Honor and Hope); and (3) provide financial support to select other nonprofit cancer organizations. Our goal is to have 80% of our funds going directly to firefighters in need who are battling cancer, 10% to other nonprofits in need that we believe to be deserving of a contribution from Code 3, and the remaining 10% to operating costs. NO ONE who works for Code 3 for a Cure gets paid a salary; all who become involved do so strictly on a voluntary basis. Although we have not yet reached our percentage goals, in June 2012 we began issuing checks to firefighters in modest amounts, based on funding available. We are thankful that, since that time, we have not had to turn away any firefighter who has requested assistance, nor have we had to initiate a waiting list. (Recipients are not required to repay the funds issued.) Additionally, the Foundation is growing in many ways, including the involvement of firefighters and other athletes across the country who are representing our cause by competing in various races and athletic events to raise funds; and we have faith that, with their help and that of fire departments, locals, corporations, and others, we will achieve our 80/10/10 percentage goal. Like many worthy causes, Code 3 for a Cure was formed out of one person's struggles. President and Founder Lorenzo Abundiz (Firefighter/Engineer, Santa Ana, California, USA), a 27-year veteran of the fire service, was first diagnosed with cancer in 1998, forced into an early medical disability retirement in 2001, and since then has been diagnosed with two other cancers. So what's the meaning behind the term "Code 3?" The term is used to refer to an emergency vehicle going to the highest level of response in an emergency situation, when lights and sirens are utilized. Its meaning in the context of this organization is, let's move to the highest level of response to help cure the effects of cancer by helping one group who, statistically, are one of the most heavily afflicted by the disease. Did you know firefighters face an increased risk for several types of cancer due to their work? In a three-year study completed in 2005 by the University of Cincinnati, researchers concluded that firefighters face an: •102% greater chance of contracting testicular cancer •53% greater chance of multiple myeloma •51% greater chance of non-Hodgkin lymphoma •32% greater chance of brain cancer •28% greater chance of prostate cancer •39% greater chance of skin cancer •21% greater chance of colon cancer •22% greater chance of stomach cancer Your generosity truly makes a difference in the lives of firefighters, their families and their communities. Thank you!
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