During the month of May, Code 3 for a Cure attended the CFEDwest (California Fire EMS Disaster) Conference & Expo. The event was well organized and we met a number of interesting people from fire/EMS, law enforcement, etc. I want to thank all the C3FAC team members who played an important role in creating a positive presence for C3FAC, including: our National Ambassador Katrina Silvia (who came out from Florida for the event), EMT Jack Thoreson, and FF Rick Van Tuyl, along with Pam DeMarco and Cofounder Peggy Abundiz. The delicious almond cookies we provided, compliments of JSL Foods, Inc., were a hit. We want to thank all who visited our booth, donated to the cause, and/or purchased a C3FAC item. Special thanks to the winner of the silent auction, who walked away with the C3FAC Warrior Helmet personally signed by William Shatner, resulting in a generous contribution to C3FAC.
A major aspect of our purpose is to provide financial assistance to firefighters battling cancer who are facing a financial hardship. Our financial goal is 80/10/10: 80% to firefighters, 10% to other nonprofits, and 10% to operating costs. Although we have not yet reached these percentage goals, one year ago, in June 2012, we began issuing funds to firefighters; and we are grateful that, since that time, we have not had to turn away any firefighter who has requested assistance. Donations are much needed. Please help us continue to issue funds to firefighters either by purchasing a shirt in our online store or by making a donation. We also ask athletes to help raise funds through their athletic events. Any athlete interested in raising funds for the cause can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an introductory packet.
Any firefighter who is battling cancer and facing a financial hardship can email us at email@example.com for the financial assistance application form, as well as information on the criteria for receiving assistance. Funds are issued based on level of funding at the time of the request. While we are only giving assistance in modest amounts based on the availability of funds, it is our hope that, with the help of athletes, firefighters, locals, corporations, and individual donors, we will be able to assist in greater ways in the future. There is no requirement on the part of recipients to repay the funds issued, and they can reapply six months from the date of issuance.
There are some firefighters who are facing very tough battles with cancer right now. We ask for your prayers for them all, and that you keep updated via our Facebook page, or via our Updates page here on the website.
C3FAC is currently working on several fundraising events on the horizon, including a poker tournament and 5k run. These events are currently in the early planning stages, and we will keep you posted as plans progress.
From all of us here at Code 3 for a Cure, we wish you safe and fun summer.
President & Founder
Code 3 for a Cure Foundation