Welcome to the official website of the Code 3 for a Cure Foundation (C3FAC). On the horizon, some exciting fundraising events for C3FAC.
The Mo Hawk Less Cancer Motorcycle Ride and After Party will be held on September 12 at Jesse Oaks in Gages Lake, Illinois. This event is held each year in loving memory of Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Oldham. You can read more about Kevin here.
On October 24, the Hampton Fire Department will conduct its Third Annual Hometown Heroes 5k benefit and, for the second consecutive year, it will be a charity fundraiser for C3FAC. The goal is to have 300 individuals participate in firefighter gear. If you're ready to take on this challenge, please visit the event page.
Anyone interested in conducting a fundraising event for C3FAC can visit our "Organize a Fundraising Event" page for guidelines and further information.
We continue to be grateful to all those who are dedicating their athletic races to C3FAC. One in particular, Fire Lieutenant Jake Sinkiewicz of North Carolina, will be achieving his first full marathon next April at the Not So Normal Run. Jake's latest race was the UNC Wellness Super Sprint Triathlon in Meadowmont (Chapel Hill), North Carolina on August 2 (see photo left). This was Jake's 19th race for C3FAC. His next one will be the Carrboro 10k on October 3. Citizens are also representing the cause through their races--citizens such as Julie Gennarino from Florida, who will be competing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona in October. My wife, Peggy Abundiz, also runs for the cause, participating in 5k's and 10k's in firefighter gear to represent me, and her story will be told in the September 2015 issue of Runner's World Magazine, in the regularly featured "Go You" section.
If you are an athlete who is interested in extending beyond your own personal goals to make a difference for firefighters across the nation who are battling cancer, I welcome you to consider becoming an Athletic Warrior for C3FAC. Additional information can be found on our Athletes page.
I would like to share with you some of my thoughts based on my own personal experiences in battling three different types of cancer. This should only be taken as my personal thoughts, and not as medical advice. When I was first diagnosed, with a high grade leiomyosarcoma, I decided to become the general in this war, and my body became the battle field. All the doctors, oncologists, radiologists, etc. were my soldiers who provided me with valuable information about the enemy I was fighting. I learned that the more information I had about the enemy, the greater my chances would be of winning the war. I realized that it was up to me to marshall the types of weapons I would need against cancer. I also realized that having a positive attitude, doing all I could to make my body healthy, and surrounding myself with love were critical weapons in the battle. Getting more than one medical opinion was crucial for me.
Wishing you a wonderful rest of the summer. On behalf of all of us here at C3FAC, I wish you good health and peace.
3-time Cancer Survivor
Code 3 for a Cure Foundation
NOTE: C3FAC is a centralized organization located in California and does not recognize, nor does it endorse, any chapters or affiliates.