January 17, 2017
FIREFIGHTERS WITH A CAUSE . . . AND ALEX TREBEC
Alex Trebek, Jeopardy host, recognizes the athletic efforts of C3FAC team member Peggy Abundiz by autographing her fire helmet of hope. See post and article.
January 17, 2017
Watch our video on YouTube (left) and support Code 3 for a Cure, the charity we are running for. Thank you.
January 16, 2017
Don't break down. Take pride in maintaining your ride. Take pride in maintaining your health.
January 15, 2017
Keep your fire apparatus Winter ready. Drive safely on those roads. Keep warm & stay alert.
January 14, 2017
PEGGY ABUNDIZ REPRESENTS AT RED CARPET RUN
SHE FINISHED! Congratulations to Peggy Abundiz, who represented Code 3 for a Cure (C3FAC) today at the Palm Springs Marathon Runners' Red Carpet Run. Peggy wore full PPE, including Dräger SCBA, to call attention to firefighters across America who are battling cancer. You can donate to C3FAC thru Peggy'sfundraising page.
January 12, 2017
TBT: C3FAC Firefighter Cancer Awareness Mission. Visiting Washington Township FD, Ohio.
January 9, 2017
CODE 3 FOR A CURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT RED CARPET RUN IN PALM SPRINGS
On Saturday, January 14, 2017, in Palm Springs, California team member Peggy Abundiz will compete and represent C3FAC at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Red Carpet Run. Peggy will wear full PPE during her run to call attention to firefighters battling cancer. For more information about the race, visit the Runpalmsprings Facebook page.
December 14, 2016
MAKE YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION
This holiday season, we ask that you make your tax deductible contribution to Code 3 for a Cure in our growing mission to help firefighters who are battling occupational cancer. Read about some of those we've helped. You can donate here. Your support will truly make a difference. Thank you.
December 13, 2016
MAKING PROGRESS: FIREFIGHTER CANCER PRESUMPTION IN OHIO
The state of Ohio is making progress on the passage of the firefighter cancer presumption bill. Watch newscast.
December 12, 2016
RESEARCH STUDIES ON FIREFIGHTER CANCER
Click on website photo below for the latest research studies on the correlation between firefighting and cancer:
December 11, 2016
THANK YOU, BASS PRO SHOPS!
This is our last day at Bass Pro Shops. We are deeply grateful to Bass Pro Shops, GM Bob Minor, his entire staff, and all the patrons here in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Thank you for your constant support and kindness. You made us feel like we were part of your family and we will truly miss you all. Hope to see you again next summer. Merry Christmas!
December 9, 2016
FLASHBACK FRIDAY: KUSI INTERVIEW
Our President/Founder Lorenzo Abundiz sharing his testimony about cancer in the fire service along with his wife Peggy on KUSI last year.
December 3, 2016
THANK YOU, BOB MINOR AND BASS PRO!
Bob Minor, Manager at Bass Pro Shops Rancho Cucamonga, CA (pictured with C3FAC team member Peggy Abundiz), kindly autographed the C3FAC helmet today. We sure appreciate the support we've received from Bob and his entire team at Bass Pro. We'll have our booth set up again tomorrow, as well as next weekend. Come out and see us--after you get your free photo with Santa inside the store!
December 2, 2016
To help welcome December and the Christmas season: scenes of true winter magic from the eyes of the C3FAC fire engine. Get your hot cocoa ready!
November 29, 2016
ON FIRE FOR THE CAUSE
Coming together to call attention to occupational cancer in the fire service and to raise donations for CODE 3 FOR A CURE. Support our cause here.
November 25, 2016
HOLLYWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT TO PURCHASE DRÄGER SCBAs
Thank you, Hollywood Fire Department, for obtaining your SCBAs from Dräger; a company which, in addition to keeping firefighters safe, goes above and beyond through its support of Code 3 for a Cure. Read more.
November 24, 2016
November 19, 2016
HAMPTON'S HOMETOWN HEROES 2016!
Firefighters and citizens alike joined together in a show of support for firefighters battling occupational cancer at the 4th Annual Hampton’s Hometown Heroes Charity 5k fundraiser for Code 3 for a Cure. The welcome and hospitality shown to us was unbelievable. We are so very grateful to the Hampton Fire Department and all involved in organizing this great event. Read more.
November 13, 2016
CFAC TEAM HEADS TO HAMPTON
Our team is en route to South Carolina for the Hampton's Hometown Heroes Charity 5k Run/Walk happening this Saturday, November 19! Register online or at the Hampton Fire Department. Click here for more info.
November 12, 2016
C3FAC REPRESENTED AT VETERANS DAY 5K
November 11, 2016
November 7, 2016
GOD, PLEASE BLESS AMERICA
November 7, 2016
WARRIOR MEETS WARRIOR
Bass Pro Shops customer Norma taught us all about selfies yesterday. Thanks for your support, Norma, and for the amazing work you do to inspire and help others!
November 5, 2016
IT'S ANOTHER GREAT WEEKEND AT BASS PRO!
The C3FAC team is enjoying The Great Outdoors Arts & Crafts Festival at Bass Pro Shops, which is happening tomorrow (Sunday) as well. Come join us!
November 2, 2016
HAMPTON'S HOMETOWN HEROES 5K
October 26, 2016
EBAY AUCTION: FIRE HELMET AUTOGRAPHED BY WILLIAM SHATNER
Proceeds to Benefit Code 3 for a Cure
We are excited to announce that an auction has just been initiated on eBay, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Code 3 for a Cure! This one-of-a-kind item is a Phenix traditional style helmet autographed by world renowned celebrity William Shatner. Starting bid is just $300 and shipping is free. A very special and unique Christmas gift for that special someone on your list! Hurry, this auction is only going to last 10 days! View the listing on eBay.
October 26, 2016
WE LOVE MEETING BASS PRO CUSTOMERS!
Bass Pro Shops customers are incredible people. Here are two of them!
October 25, 2016
THANK YOU, EBAY SELLERS!
We want to sincerely thank all of the eBay sellers who have been contributing a portion of the proceeds from the items they sell to Code 3 for a Cure. Many of you have chosen to remain anonymous, and we want you to know that what you have done has made a tremendous difference. Thank you for your generosity and support! (Visit Code 3 for a Cure's page on eBay here.)
October 24, 2016
HAMPTON'S HOMETOWN HEROES
One year ago today, our team was in Hampton, SC for the Hampton's Hometown Heroes Charity 5k Run/Walk, benefiting Code 3 for a Cure. This year's event is happening on November 19, and we invite each of you who are in the area to join together with us and the Hampton firefighters in a show of support for all firefighters who are battling occupational cancer. Register here.
October 24, 2016
THANK YOU, BASS PRO SHOPS
We _blank"reat weekend at Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)! Met lots of wonderful people, and C3FAC team members enjoyed sharing our mission and purpose (and the ever popular C3FAC shirt) with Bass Pro patrons.
October 21, 2016
C3FAC TEAM TO BE AT BASS PRO SHOPS
We will have our booth set up at Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) today and thru the weekend. You never know what wonderful creatures you will meet at Bass Pro! Get your C3FAC shirt at our booth or in our online store to support firefighters throughout our country who are suffering with occupational cancer.
October 20, 2016
FIREFIGHTER SUPPORT: TRUE OR FALSE?
True or False? Firefighters throughout our great nation consistently get all the help and support they need when fighting for their lives against occupational cancer. NOPE. Read more.
October 18, 2016
THE GIVING IS EASY AT C3FAC
Shop. Donate. Socialize. Exercise. Just a few of the ways you can help the C3FAC cause. Read more.
October 12, 2016
5K RACE TO BENEFIT CODE 3 FOR A CURE
On November 19, 2016, the Hampton Fire Department will host a 5k charity fundraiser to benefit Code 3 for a Cure. Read more.
October 11, 2016
T-SHIRT TUESDAY--ORDER YOURS TODAY!
It's #TShirtTuesday! Order your t-shirt of hope and honor here. Thank you for your support!
October 6, 2016
PRAYERS TO THE EAST COAST, HAITI, & THE BAHAMASOur thoughts and prayers are with everyone being impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Praying for the safety of all.
October 4, 2016
RESEARCH SHINES A LIGHT
Excellent article summarizing the issues being addressed by the IFSI Study.
September 28, 2016
HAMPTON'S HOMETOWN HEROES CHARITY 5K
Join us on November 19 at the 4th Annual Hampton's Hometown Heroes Charity 5k Run/Walk, an event benefiting Code 3 for a Cure! Register oline here.
September 26, 2016
THANK YOU, DRÄGER
Thank you, Dräger Fire! We appreciate your continued support in uniting with us on our mission to stop the spread of occupational cancer in the fire service and provide critical help to those afflicted.
September 25, 2016
GIVING ASSISTANT: A NEW, EASY AND FUN WAY TO HELP OUR CAUSE
A new way to help the cause! Donate to Code 3 for a Cure effortlessly, often—and for free! If you want first dibs on deals like Kohl's Coupons, or love saving cash at stores like Lowes and Macy's, use Giving Assistant. As much as 30% of your purchase price at 1800+ popular retailers will be turned into valuable donations for Code 3 for a Cure. Sign up today to find out how your everyday shopping can make a difference for us!
September 24, 2016
HAMPTON'S HOMETOWN HEROES
Just 8 weeks away! Join the Hampton Fire Department, Dräger Fire, and Code 3 for a Cure at the 4th Annual Hampton's Hometown Heroes Charity 5k Run/Walk on November 19 as we work together to raise awareness and funds for firefighters who are battling occupational cancer. Registration is easy.
September 23, 2016
Our visit with the Roseburg Fire Department during the 2010 Mission of Honor and Hope. Read more about the Mission.
September 21, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY FIREFIGHTERS SCREENED FOR SKIN CANCER
This week, the University of Utah is screening Salt Lake City firefighters for skin cancer. Studies list melanoma as one of the cancers firefighters are at greater risk for than the general population. Read full article.
September 20, 2016
C3FAC SEEKS CORPORATE SPONSORS
Need a tax deduction before year's end? A new cause to support in 2017? We are currently seeking corporate sponsors who want to demonstrate their support for firefighters. Climb on board and reap the benefits of becoming a corporate hero. Read more.
September 17, 2016
EARN YOUR OFFICIAL C3FAC SHIRT
Do you have an experience you would like to share on any topic that relates to firefighting and cancer? Thoughts? Insights? Submit your ideas to: email@example.com. Any article accepted for a C3FAC Bulletin will earn our official tshirt.
September 16, 2016
LEXINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT TAKING STEPS TO REDUCE CANCER RISK
Kudos to the Lexington Firefighters. Read full article on the steps they are taking to reduce their risks of occupational cancer.
September 15, 2016
LOSS OF ANOTHER FIREFIGHTER TO CANCER A CATALYST FOR CHANGE
Read full article here. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Kannler family and to all who are suffering because of firefighter occupational cancer.
September 13, 2016
VIDEO SUMMARY OF RESEARCH EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED AT IFSI
Watch the Video summary of research experiments on training based exposures conducted in June at IFSI, as part of the overall study on Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risks in Modern Firefighting. Read more about the study.
September 12, 2016
C3FAC REPRESENTED AT TWO EVENTS
Yesterday, C3FAC was represented on both sides of the country, by Code 3 for a Cure - Running for Our Brothers/Sisters at a 9/11 Silent Walk in South Carolina, and by Peggy Abundiz in California at The Walnut Run. Always remembered.
September 11, 2016
Today and every day, we remember all who lost their lives on 9/11/01 and in the months and years that followed. We pray for those still fighting.
September 8, 2016
PEOPLE MAGAZINE RECOGNIZES C3FAC FOUNDERS
Today, People Magazine recognized C3FAC Founders Lorenzo and Peggy Abundiz in a "live" online interview, calling them "heroes" for their work in forming Code 3 for a Cure. The interview, which can be watched by clicking left, is accompanied by a written article. People also created a slideshow portraying their story.
September 7, 2016
HAMPTON'S HOMETOWN HEROES 5K FOR C3FAC
The Annual Hampton's Hometown Heroes Charity 5k is happening November 19, with all proceeds benefiting Code 3 for a Cure. Everyone is welcome to attend this great event, which starts and finishes at Hampton Fire Department in beautiful Hampton, South Carolina. You can REGISTER ONLINE here. For more info, visit the Hampton Fire Department website. Thank you for your support!
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE C3FAC CAUSE
Wondering how you can help the cause of Code 3 for a Cure? There are MANY ways. Learn about them here.
September 7, 2016
CODE 3 FOR A CURE TO BE FEATURED IN LIVE INTERVIEW ON PEOPLE.COM
People Magazine will feature the Founders of Code 3 for a Cure, Lorenzo and Peggy Abundiz, in a live online interview tomorrow morning (Thursday, September 8). The live interview can be accessed on People Magazine's home page, www.people.com, and will air from 8:30am to 9:00am Eastern Standard Time. The specific segment will air starting between approximately 8:40 and 8:45am EST. There will be a rerun of the show from 9 - 9:30 EST, and then again at 11:30 am EST. Later in the day, we will share the link to the interview.
September 2, 2016
LABOR DAY WISHES
This Low Country Boil is shared with you compliments of Hampton Fire Department. Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend and a meal as delicious as this one.
August 31, 2016
TEAM MEMBER PEGGY ABUNDIZ TO REPRESENT AT WALNUT RUN
C3FAC athlete Peggy Abundiz will be racing in The Walnut Run on September 11 in support of local schools in the Walnut Creek community. She will be dedicating her race to all who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001, and to all who have lost their lives since due to the cancers and other diseases resulting from it. Read more.
August 30, 2016
HARRAH'S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOLDS LAST TOURNAMENT OF THE MONTH
The last tournament of August is happening TODAY at Harrah's Resort Southern California! This is the fifth and final fundraising event for C3FAC. Thank you, Harrah's! It's been an awesome month!
August 29, 2016
FIRE VELO COMPLETES 10th ANNUAL SF TO LA RIDE
Congratulations to the National FIRE VELO Cycling Club on another successful SF to LA Ride! Read more about this breathtaking ride and how it helps our cause each year.
August 23, 2016
HARRAH'S HOLDS 4th OF 5 TOURNAMENTS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR C3FAC
It's been another awesome tournament day at Harrah's Resort Southern California! Missed it? The last tournament fundraiser for Code 3 for a Cure is the Black Jack Tournament, happening 3-7pm next Tuesday, August 30. Here's more info.
August 22, 2016
HARRAH'S SLOT TOURNEY FOR C3FAC SLATED FOR TOMORROW
The slot tournament fundraiser for Code 3 for a Cure is happening TOMORROW (Tuesday) from 3pm to 7pm at Harrah's Resort Southern California! Read more. This is the 4th of 5 tournaments in August to raise funds for C3FAC.
August 21, 2016
FIRE VELO KICKS OFF ITS 10th ANNUAL SF TO LA RIDE
Today is the first day of Fire Velo's 10th Annual SF to LA "Fire Service Cancer Awareness" Ride, a portion of the proceeds benefiting Code 3 for a Cure. Thank you, Fire Velo! Wishing you all a safe and fun ride!
August 21, 2016
ANOTHER GREAT VISIT AT BASS PRO SHOPS RANCHO CUCAMONGA
Our President/Founder, Lorenzo Abundiz (2nd from left), with our friends from North County Fire Protection District. The District, through the Fallbrook Firefighters Association IAFF Local 1622, has organized several golf tournament fundraisers over the years, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Code 3 for a Cure. Thanks for your support, brothers!
August 19, 2016
C3FAC AT BASS PRO SHOPS
These dedicated firefighters (pictured with C3FAC team member Peggy Abundiz) stopped by our booth today at Bass Pro Shops. They were on a much needed break as they have spent weeks away from home fighting California wildfires. Stay safe, brothers, and thank you. The C3FAC team is here through tomorrow (Saturday).
August 19, 2016
DRÄGER BOOTH AT IAFC
Attending IAFC this week? Visit the booth of an organization that truly goes above and beyond to protect firefighters. Read more.
August 19, 2016
SLOT TOURNAMENT AT HARRAH'S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO BENEFIT C3FAC
Join us this Tuesday, August 23, at the incredible Harrah's Resort Southern California for the 4th of 5 tournaments in August which will raise needed funding for Code 3 for a Cure! This is the last slot tournament of the month (the following Tuesday will be blackjack), so get your fingers ready! Read more.
August 18, 2016
TBT - C3FAC FOUNDERS INTERVIEWED ON HALLMARK'S "HOME & FAMILY"Our Founders, Lorenzo and Peggy Abundiz, discuss occupational cancer in the fire service and the mission and purpose of Code 3 for a Cure in this interview on Hallmark's Home & Family. The segment first aired one year ago today. Watch it here.
August 17, 2016
PRAYERS AS WILDFIRES BURN IN CALIFORNIA
Our thoughts are with all emergency personnel and citizens being impacted by the Blue Cut Fire and other fires burning in California. Prayers going out for the safety of all.
August 17, 2016
SF TO LA RIDE
The 10th Annual SF to LA Ride is just days away! Firefighter cyclists can learn more about this breathtaking ride here.
August 15, 2016
BLACKJACK TOURNEY TOMORROW AT HARRAH'S RESORT SOCAL TO BENEFIT C3FAC
August 13, 2016
BECOME A CORPORATE HERO IN 2017
We are currently seeking corporate sponsors for 2017 who are willing to help us "fill the hydrant" as we continue on our mission to address cancer in the fire service and provide critical support to firefighters across America who are battling occupational cancer. We are very grateful to those who have consistently provided financial support for the cause, and continue to do so: Dräger Fire, Harrah's Resort Southern California, FIRE VELO, and William Shatner's Hollywood Charity Horse Show. Learn more about our sponsorship levels and how you, too, can become a corporate hero.
August 12, 2016
NATIONAL FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY BILL
Politicians and fire personnel spoke at Poughkeepsie Fire Department this week about the major effort currently underway to create a national cancer registry for firefighters. Read more.
August 11, 2016
THROWBACK THURSDAY: A WARM WELCOME
August 9, 2016
A GREAT AFTERNOON AT HARRAH'S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
It's been an awesome afternoon here at Harrah's Resort Southern California! We met some great people, and we appreciated the Rincon Firefighters making a stop at our table during today's slot tournament fundraiser for Code 3 for a Cure!
August 8, 2016
NIOSH CANCER STUDY FACT SHEET
This fact sheet was released by NIOSH in July and provides a useful summary of the Firefighter Cancer Study results:
August 7, 2016
C3FAC TO BENEFIT FROM SF TO LA RIDE
August 6, 2016
FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR C3FAC AT HARRAH'S RESORT SOCAL
This Tuesday at Harrah's Resort Southern California! Come out and play while supporting the cause!
August 5, 2016
NIOSH STUDY ON DERMAL EXPOSURE
Have you taken a look at the NIOSH study on dermal exposure?
August 3, 2016
FIREFIGHTER JAKE, C3FAC WARRIOR
Lieutenant Jake Sinkiewicz (North Carolina) is training hard to achieve specific fitness goals as he represents Code 3 for a Cure at various races and competitions throughout the eastern United States. Jake has been a valued member of the C3FAC team since 2013, and proudly wears his Dräger Fire SCBA. Go, Jake, go!
August 2, 2016
JOIN IN THE FUN!
Did you miss today's black jack tournament? No worries! There are four more Tuesdays left in August, and on every one of them Harrah's Resort Southern California is holding a slot or black jack tournament, 100% of the proceeds from which will go to Code 3 for a Cure! So if you're in the area, stop by and have some fun in support of the cause. More info can be found here.
August 1, 2016
TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISERS FOR C3FAC BEGIN TOMORROW AT HARRAH'S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Tomorrow the Tuesday tournaments for the month of August begin at Harrah's Resort Southern California, with all proceeds benefiting Code 3 for a Cure! Blackjack tournaments will be held on August 2, 16, and 30, and slot tournaments will be on August 9 and 23. All tournaments run from 3pm until 7pm. Participants can stop by our table and visit the C3FAC team. Come on out and play on a Tuesday for a great cause: supporting our nation's firefighters!
July 31, 2016
C3FAC TEAM AT BASS PRO SHOPS
It's been an awesome weekend at Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)! Thanks to Bass Pro, its patrons, and our C3FAC volunteers!
July 28, 2016
NEW EVENTS PAGE
We are pleased to introduce our newest web page, created to keep you informed of upcoming events!
July 28, 2016
C3FAC BOOTH AT BASS PRO SHOPS
C3FAC athlete Peggy Abundiz enjoys meeting all the wonderful patrons of Bass Pro. Come meet Peggy and other members of the C3FAC team this weekend at Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga, CA). We'll be there beginning tomorrow!
July 27, 2016
HOW OHIO FIREFIGHTERS CAN HELP PASS PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION
If you are a firefighter and cancer survivor in Ohio, you can help pass Senate Bill 27. Read more.
July 26, 2016
HARRAH'S AUGUST TOURNAMENTS TO BENEFIT C3FAC
One week from today the Tuesday tournaments for the month of August begin at Harrah's Resort Southern California, with all proceeds benefiting Code 3 for a Cure! Blackjack tournaments will be held on August 2, 16, and 30, and slot tournaments will be on August 9 and 23. All tournaments run from 3pm until 7pm. Participants can stop by our table and visit the C3FAC team. Hope to see you on any one (or more) of these dates!
July 25, 2016
FIRE VELO SF TO LA RIDE WILL BENEFIT C3FAC
We are excited to announce that FIRE VELO will again be contributing a portion of the proceeds from its annual SF to LA "Fire Service Cancer Awareness" Ride to Code 3 for a Cure. We are extremely grateful to Fire Velo for their consistent support of C3FAC over the past several years. We ask all firefighter cyclists to consider joining this breathtaking ride down California's coast. More info
July 20, 2016
THE LATEST C3FAC BULLETIN
Our latest bulletin, written by Bob Silverthorne, contains useful suggestions about firefighter cancer exposure.
July 16, 2016
PROCEEDS FROM HARRAH'S AUGUST SLOT TOURNAMENTS TO BENEFIT C3FAC
Harrah's Resort Southern California will be contributing 100% of the proceeds from its Tuesday slot and black jack tournaments in August to Code 3 for a Cure (C3FAC). Thank you, Harrah's! Details coming soon...
July 14, 2016
THANK YOU, DRÄGER
We are proud to be associated with Dräger. Dräger Fire does great work to protect the safety of all firefighters, and goes above and beyond through its support of Code 3 for a Cure. Here's a recent example of Dräger's excellent work. Thank you, Dräger!
July 13, 2016
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: HAMPTON'S HOMETOWN HEROES!
We are excited to announce that the 4th Annual Hampton’s Hometown Heroes Charity 5k Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Location is the Hampton Fire Department, 600 2nd St. W. Hampton, SC 29924. We thank the Hampton Firefighters for organizing this benefit, 100% of the proceeds from which will go to Code 3 for a Cure. Register online here; or, if you are in the area, race forms can be picked up/dropped off at the Hampton Fire station on 2nd Street West behind the post office. Fill out a sponsorship form if you would like to be a sponsor for this year's race. Race forms and sponsorship info/forms are available in the "Files" section of the Hampton Fire Department website.
July 12, 2016
RESEARCH EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED AS PART OF IFSI STUDY
Research experiments were recently conducted at the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) as part of the study currently underway to investigate the effects of modern fire environments on the two leading health issues facing firefighters: cardiovascular events and chemical exposures related to carcinogenic risk. Watch a webcast of the research experiments. Read article in Firehouse. Read more on the study here.
July 12, 2016
STUDY EXCERPT SERVES AS A REMINDER
This excerpt from the 2007 IARC Study may state the obvious, but can also serve as a reminder:
"There are several other reasons why firefighters might be reluctant to use respiratory protection. These include the added physiological demands and heat stress placed upon the user, the difficulty in communicating while wearing a mask, and the desire to conserve air. However, several studies have demonstrated that firefighters are not able to visually assess the level of contamination. A study in Boston, USA, found no clear patterns or trends that would allow firefighters to predict the levels of smoke contaminants to which they were exposed (Burgess et al., 1979). In one study, a firefighter who was working without a respirator because he believed that his exposure was insignificant was actually exposed to 27 000 ppm of carbon monoxide (Burgess et al., 1977), 680 times the current ACGIH Treshold Limit Value (TLV, 25 ppm). Results of other studies also suggest that structural firefighters cannot estimate levels of smoke contaminants (Brandt-Rauf et al., 1988, 1989)."
More on IARC and numerous other firefighter cancer studies, including NIOSH, University of Cincinnati, and studies currently underway, can be found on our Studies page.
July 11, 2016
July 9, 2016
PEGGY ABUNDIZ REPRESENTS IN VENTURA, CA
C3FAC team member Peggy Abundiz achieved another race on July 6, the Vendurance Sports Boogie Nights Summer Run Series 5k, and did a great job representing. Way to go, Peggy! The Boogie Nights Summer Run race series is organized by Vendurance Sports as a fundraiser for the Buena High School Cross Country team. In the photo shown left, members of the team pose with Peggy and give a "3" for Code 3. Watch race video here.
July 7, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dallas right now. Our deepest condolences are offered to the families and loved ones affected by this senseless tragedy.
July 6, 2016
C3FAC BOOTH AT BASS PRO SHOPS
We had a great time raising awareness at Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) over the Fourth of July weekend. We are grateful to Bass Pro Shops, its staff, and its patrons for the positive responses given and for the continued tremendous support. Thank you all!
July 4, 2016
C3FAC REPRESENTED AT CLAREMONT FREEDOM 5K
Team member Peggy Abundiz achieved the Claremont Village Freedom 5k this morning representing C3FAC. Many thanks to the City of Claremont for organizing this great event, and for the support. Watch race video here. Peggy's next race will be the Boogie Nights Summer Run Series 5k on July 6 in Ventura, CA. Read Peggy's explanation of why she runs in fire gear on her fundraising page.
July 3, 2016
C3FAC's FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
The C3FAC team is at Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) all weekend, and we will also be participating in the Claremont Village Freedom 5k tomorrow morning. Wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July!
June 29, 2016
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
HAMPTON'S HOMETOWN HEROES 5K
SLATED FOR NOVEMBER 19
The Fourth Annual Hampton's Hometown Heroes 5k is happening on November 19 in Hampton, South Carolina! Come join in this fun walk/run, or cheer on others! Proceeds will go to Code 3 for a Cure. We thank the Hampton firefighters and all involved in making this happen. See pdf version of the flier here.
June 28, 2016
FUNDING INCREASES FOR FIREFIGHTER CANCER STUDY (UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI)
University of Miami's Sylvester Cancer Center study will expand to include more firefighters, based on $1.5 million funding increase. Politicians hope to use research findings to push a cancer presumption law in Florida. Read more.
June 24, 2016
Read about cancer's impact on firefighters.
June 22, 2016
A SPECIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
We would like to wish a very Happy 15th Wedding Anniversary to our Founders, Lorenzo and Peggy Abundiz. Wishing you both much happiness and many more to come!
June 13, 2016
Eight years ago today, a small team of firefighters set off from Los Angeles Fire Department's Station 27 and drove a fire engine across America and back, performing firefighter remembrance ceremonies in New York, Los Angeles, and other locations to honor and remember those firefighters who had made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives to cancer. Along the way, they visited fire departments all across the country to encourage early cancer screenings and use of protective equipment among firefighters. They called the journey "Code 3 for a Cure—Mission of Honor and Hope Across America." Today, C3FAC is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity which, in part, provides financial help to firefighters who are battling cancer. Happy Anniversary to us, and thanks to all who have supported the cause along the way.
June 12, 2016
The tragedy in Orlando is unimaginable. We pray for those lost, for those suffering, and for peace in this world.
June 10, 2016
HERE AT FIRE RESCUE SC
Check out our Facebook album here. And if you haven't had a chance to stop by the C3FAC booth at the South Carolina Fire Rescue Conference, there's always tomorrow...
June 9, 2016
C3FAC AT FIRE RESCUE SC
June 6, 2016
Firefighter Cancer: Some Suggestions for Minimizing the Risk
Click image left, or click here, to read full bulletin.
C3FAC Bulletins are intended as a tool to help promote awareness about various topics relating to cancer prevention in the fire service. If you have a comment, a question you would like addressed, a subject you would like covered, or an article you would like to submit for a future bulletin, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 2, 2016
THANK YOU, BASS PRO SHOPS
It was great being out at Bass Pro Shops over Memorial Day Weekend and meeting some of our nation's heroes, members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Thanks, Bass Pro Shops and patrons, for all your support! It's awesome spending time with you and we look forward to many more!
May 31, 2016
FIREFIGHTERS AND THE CANCER CONNECTION
It is no longer a badge of honor to have dirty gear or fight fires without a mask. Read article here.
May 28, 2016
Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.
May 27, 2016
VISIT US AT BASS PRO THIS WEEKEND
We're at Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) this weekend, along with our mascot, Burney the Fire Bear! If you're in the area, stop by!
May 27, 2016
WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE WEEKEND
Wherever you go, whatever you do, wishing you all a safe Memorial Day Weekend.
May 25, 2016
LET'S KEEP A GOOD THING GOING
A little history about PPE, according to Dräger Fire: "Did you know that in the late 1800s and early 1900s, fire service PPE manufacturers didn’t exist? Firefighters donned turnout gear that was either commissioned work completed by tailors and fabric purveyors or street clothes. It was not until after WWII that there were national standards for certifying PPE."
We've come a long way, both in terms of PPE itself, and also proper use and maintenance of same--critical factors in minimizing cancer risk. Let's keep the trend going.
May 24, 2016
ON GIVING TUESDAY: MANY WAYS TO HELP
It's Giving Tuesday! Find out the many and varied ways you can help our cause here.
May 23, 2016
FIGHTING BACK AGAINST OCCUPATIONAL CANCER
We salute Goodyear and all the fire departments that are taking positive action to prevent occupational cancer. See Fox News segment.
May 22, 2016
C3FAC ON EAST COAST
Team member Jack Thoreson recently brought C3FAC to the east coast. Share your pics with us here.
May 21, 2016
GRATITUDE ON ARMED FORCES DAY
We thank our military members for their service to this country.
May 20, 2016
FLASHBACK FRIDAY: LAST YEAR'S FIRE RESCUE SC CONFERENCE
C3FAC team members represented at Fire Rescue South Carolina last year. Joining the team to help spread the word was Sarah Weishuhn, Miss South Carolina USA 2015. We're looking forward to returning to this year's conference in June to share more of our mission and purpose with attendees. See you there!
May 17, 2016
3,000 LIKES REACHED ON FACEBOOK
We have reached 3,000 likes on our Facebook page! We are grateful to each of you who have made it happen. This helps greatly as we work to secure the corporate sponsorships and donations necessary to continue providing critical support to firefighters battling cancer. Please keep spreading the word. Thank you!
May 15, 2016
PEGGY ABUNDIZ COMPLETES CUCAMONGA CHALLENGE 5K
May 12, 2016
A VISIT WITH HAMPTON FD
Yesterday, C3FAC team member Jack Thoreson (right) met with Chief Tommy Smith (left) and Hampton Fire Department. The Hampton firefighters organize a 5k fundraiser every fall for C3FAC, and will be representing us at the upcoming South Carolina Fire Rescue Conference in June.
May 10, 2016
C3FAC WILL BE AT BASS PRO & CUCAMONGA CHALLENGE
The C3FAC team will be at Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We'll also be attending Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail's Cucamonga Challenge on Saturday morning to cheer on team member Peggy Abundiz as she competes in the 5k run representing C3FAC. Come join us at either location!
May 5, 2016
THROWBACK THURSDAY: 2010 MISSION
C3FAC President Lorenzo Abundiz speaks with firefighters about cancer prevention during C3FAC's 2010 Mission of Honor and Hope. Read more about the Mission.
May 3, 2016
THANK YOU, MAGELLAN
May 3, 2016
C3FAC TO ATTEND SOUTH CAROLINA FIRE RESCUE SC
Will you be at the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association's Fire Rescue Conference SC next month? We will! Stop by our booth to learn more about Code 3 for a Cure.
April 28, 2016
STATE OF IDAHO PASSES PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION
April 25, 2016
HELP THE C3FAC CAUSE
It's simple and convenient. Make a difference while you work, exercise, shop, or socialize: http://www.c3fac.org/give.html
April 22, 2016
FLASHBACK FRIDAY: C3FAC VISIT WITH CAL FIRE
Flashback Friday: the C3FAC team stops at Cal Fire during the 2010 Mission of Honor and Hope.
April 21, 2016
BEST WISHES TO ALL ATTENDING FDIC
Wishing all those attending FDIC a great event and safe travels. While you're there, stop by booth#722 and say hi to Drager Fire, supporting Code 3 for a Cure!
April 20, 2016
NEW YORK CONSIDERING PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION
FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS
On April 11, the New York State Senate passed a bill that would provide presumptive health care and death benefit coverage for volunteer firefighters in the state of New York who are diagnosed with cancer. Next step: State Assembly. Read news article.
April 19, 2016
VISIT DRÄGER FIRE AT FDIC 2016
Dräger Fire supports C3FAC. Stop by their booth #722 at FDIC and learn about the latest technologies protecting firefighters.
April 15, 2016
Firefighter Jake Achieves Half Marathon
April 13, 2016
Illinois Fire Service Institute Studies
Cardiovascular & Carcinogenic Risks of Modern Firefighting
In June 2015, the Illinois Fire Service Institute [in collaboration with the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL FSRI), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Globe Manufacturing Company, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Federal Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program] embarked on a study to investigate the effects of modern fire environments on the two leading health issues facing firefighters: cardiovascular events and chemical exposures related to carcinogenic risk. The study’s goals include the development of policies and procedures to minimize those risks to firefighters. An interim report containing preliminary study data was released earlier this year. An abbreviated summary interim report was released as well. According to researchers, the results presented in the interim report are strictly a snapshot of what has been collected. Analysis is currently underway, with a final report and detailed fire service toolkit scheduled to be released in 2017,to include a comprehensive overview of the information available and tactical considerations. The toolkit will be freely available to firefighters and fire officers around the globe. We thank the IFSI and all involved in this comprehensive research project, aimed at protecting the health and safety of all firefighters.
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April 11, 2016
Birmingham Chiefs Honor Warrior Firefighter
Firefighter answers call to Heaven. RIP, Bobby Reno. Read story.
April 9, 2016
C3FAC at Atascadero F.D.'s
C3FAC team member Peggy Abundiz competed in the Firehouse 5k today. This was a great event that we were proud to participate in to support the Atascadero Fire Department and the local charities that they support. We thank the Atascadero Firefighters for the great hospitality they showed to the C3FAC team. This course was voted the toughest in San Luis Obispo County, and we congratulate all the finishers, including Peggy. View Facebook album here. Video coming soon.
April 7, 2016
Firefighter Cancer Registry Bill Before House
A National Firefighter Cancer Registry Bill is being considered by the House. Read more.
April 4, 2016
Firefighter Jake Salutes Dräger
April 1, 2016
Firefighter Jake Sinkiewicz
to Compete in "Not So Normal"
We're rooting for Firefighter Jake as he competes in the Not So Normal half marathon in Carrboro, NC this Sunday representing C3FAC. We thank NotSoNormalRun.org for all the support of Jake's efforts and C3FAC. Go, Jake, go!
March 29, 2016
Special Fundraiser for C3FAC
This Thursday, March 31, if you're near Chick-fil-A in Ranson, WV, you're in for an awesome treat if you show up for this event!
March 28, 2016
March 26, 2016
Bass Pro Shops - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Got your free Easter photo yet? We did! C3FAC is enjoying a great weekend at Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)! Stop by our booth outside the front of the store after shopping and picture taking with the Easter Bunny. We thank General Manager Bob Minor (pictured here with C3FAC team member Peggy Abundiz) and staff for their incredible support. Happy Easter, everyone!
March 25, 2016
Coming Very Soon...
Fundraising Event for C3FAC
Less than a week away...at Chick-fil-A! If you're in Ranson, West Virginia, head on over for a totally awesome time! Read more.
March 23, 2016
Today's wisdom comes compliments of Dräger Fire. Thank you, Dräger!
March 21, 2016
C3FAC Bulletins to be Issued
Coming soon: C3FAC bulletins, discussing various topics related to cancer prevention in the fire service. The first will be released on March 28. If you have a question you would like addressed, a topic you would like discussed, or an article you would like to submit for a future bulletin, please write to: email@example.com. (Note: C3FAC bulletins are not intended to alter or replace industry standards, nor to replace guidance from a qualified expert. If you have a specific situation that needs to be addressed, please seek advice from the appropriate authority or expert.)
March 18, 2016
Special Fundraiser for C3FAC
A young lady named Melissa is taking the initiative to organize a fundraiser for C3FAC, to be held on Thursday, March 31 from 3pm until 6pm at Chick-fil-A in Ranson, West Virginia. There will be a Plinko game for donations, a magician will perform, and Chick-fil-A the Cow will be in attendance, among other things. All in the local area are invited to show up anytime between the hours of 3 and 6pm to enjoy this great event and support our nation’s firefighters. View the event page here. Says Melissa: "My dad is a firefighter for 25 years. I know these men and women run in when others run away. I want to let my Dad's fire brothers know that their sacrifice is known, appreciated, and did not go unnoticed."
March 15, 2016
Go Green for C3FAC
Have you gotten your green on yet? If not, and you're in the Corpus Christi area, we've got your answer. The Corpus Christi Firefighters have joined forces with Code 3 for a Cure and, in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, have been conducting a local shirt drive with 100% of the proceeds going to our cause. We are grateful to Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha for his complete and total support of this noble fundraising initiative on the part of his firefighters. Anyone located in the vicinity of Corpus Christi, TX who is interested in purchasing a shirt (Small thru 2X is $12) can contact John Luis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Charles Miller at email@example.com. We thank the Corpus Christi Firefighters, especially FFs Luis and Miller, for spearheading this great effort, and would welcome any other firefighters/fire departments to conduct their own shirt drives for the C3FAC cause--any time of the year. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
March 11, 2016
Honoring Kevin Oldham
Kevin Oldham, Firefighter/Paramedic with the Waukegan Fire Department in Illinois, first learned he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer in the spring of 2010, at the age of 33. Rather than focusing on his own pain and fears, Kevin chose to focus on helping fellow firefighters. So, in the autumn of that year, he joined the Code 3 for a Cure team, traveling in the C3FAC fire engine on the 2010 Mission of Honor and Hope. Kevin went from fire station to fire station throughout the eastern and southern parts of the U.S., standing before fellow firefighters and sharing his story and what he was experiencing, in the hopes of saving them from cancer. Kevin's message to his fellow firefighters was to heed the body's warning signs, get screened, and wear their personal protective equipment. Kevin went on the C3FAC Mission again in January 2011 to continue helping others, as he had always done. Kevin passed away five years ago today, on March 11, 2011. Kevin exemplified the true meaning of honor and valor, and is forever our brother, friend, and C3FAC team member.
March 10, 2016
New Website Launched
Our website has undergone a transformation! It's the same information, but with a new look and a more streamlined approach. We hope you'll find it informative and easy to navigate. We would welcome any feedback you may have, including constructive criticism, to help us continually improve the site. You can call us with your feedback at (909) 732-8102, or email us at email@example.com.
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