What Is CODE 3 FOR A CURE?
The Code 3 for a Cure Foundation (C3FAC) is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity approved as such by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on September 11, 2008, retroactive to June 1, 2008. It is run by a President/Founder, Public Affairs Officer/Cofounder, and Board of Directors who meet at least quarterly to establish policy and set the direction of the Foundation. C3FAC is a centralized organization located in California, and does not have any chapters or affiliates.
The purpose of Code 3 for a Cure is to address firefighter cancer. Its mission is two-fold: (1) provide financial assistance to firefighters across the United States who are battling cancer; and (2) raise awareness about the high rates of cancer in the fire service and help minimize the impacts of cancer among firefighters by providing them with support, giving encouragement, and sharing our experiences. (This is achieved, in part, through the Mission of Honor and Hope.)
Code 3 for a Cure was formed out of one firefighter's struggles. President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz (Firefighter/Engineer, Santa Ana, California, USA), a 27-year veteran of the fire service, was first diagnosed with cancer in 1998, subsequently forced into an early medical disability retirement, 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, statisically, is one of the most heavily afflicted by the disease.