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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

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

Mission photoOur 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 19, 2016

Inspirational Quote

September 17, 2016

EARN YOUR OFFICIAL C3FAC SHIRT

Shirt photoDo you have an experience you would like to share on any topic that relates to firefighting and cancer? Thoughts? Insights? Submit your ideas to: firefighters@c3fac.org. 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

NEVER FORGET

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.

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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

Photo of 2015 Hampton's Hometown Heroes eventThe 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!

September 7,2016

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

Photo of Low Country BoilThis 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

Photo of Peggy AbundizC3FAC 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

Photo of C3FAC Founders with Rincon Fire Department during fundraiser for C3FAC at Harrah's Resort Southern CaliforniaThe 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

Photo of Lorenzo Abundiz and Jim BerkliteCongratulations 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

Photo of C3FAC Booth at Harrah's Resort Southern CaliforniaIt'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

Photo of C3FAC President Lorenzo Abundiz with members of North County FireOur 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

Placeholder imageThese 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

Dräger logoAttending 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

It's the 3rd of 5 tournaments in the month of August benefiting Code 3 for a Cure, and it's happening tomorrow at 3:00pm at Harrah's Resort Southern California! Hope to see you there! Learn more.

August 13, 2016

BECOME A CORPORATE HERO IN 2017

Photo of thank you cards from firefightersWe 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

Photo of Birmingham Fire welcomeTBT - Our welcome to Birmingham Fire & Rescue Station 1 on the 4th of July during our first Mission of Honor & Hope, 2008

August 9, 2016

A GREAT AFTERNOON AT HARRAH'S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Photo of C3FAC team with Rincon FirefightersIt'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


Two weeks from today the SF to LA Ride begins! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Code 3 for a Cure. Firefighter cyclists can contact FIRE VELO to sign up. Read more.

August 6, 2016

FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR C3FAC AT HARRAH'S RESORT SOCAL

C3FAC logoThis Tuesday at Harrah's Resort Southern California! Come out and play while supporting the cause!

August 5, 2016

NIOSH STUDY ON DERMAL EXPOSURE

NIOSH Study imageHave you taken a look at the NIOSH study on dermal exposure?

August 3, 2016

FIREFIGHTER JAKE, C3FAC WARRIOR

Photo of Jake SinkiewiczLieutenant 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!

Photo of Peggy and Lorenzo Abundiz at Harrah's Resort Southern CaliforniaDid 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

Photo of Jack Thoreson, Lorenzo Abundiz, and Peggy Abundiz at Code 3 booth at Bass Pro ShopsIt's been an awesome weekend at Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)! Thanks to Bass Pro, its patrons, and our C3FAC volunteers!

July 29, 2016

OUR NEWEST PRESS RELEASE:

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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

Photo of Peggy Abundiz with Bass Pro patronsC3FAC 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!

Photo of Hampton Firefighters and C3FAC team members at 2015 eventWe 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

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July 9, 2016

PEGGY ABUNDIZ REPRESENTS IN VENTURA, CA

Photo of Peggy Abundiz with Buena High School Cross Country teamC3FAC 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

C3FAC team photoWe 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

Peggy Abundiz photoTeam 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

Photo of C3FAC Booth at Bass Pro ShopsThe 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

Hampton's Hometown Heroes flierThe 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

IMPACT

Read about cancer's impact on firefighters.

June 22, 2016

A SPECIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Photo of Lorenzo and Peggy AbundizWe 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

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Code 3 Kickoff photoEight 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 13, 2016

MONDAY MOTIVATION

A little Monday Motivation from Dräger Fire.

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

C3FAC booth photoOur booth is set up and ready to go at Fire Rescue South Carolina! Stop by tomorrow or Saturday and visit the team to learn more about the cause.

June 6, 2016

C3FAC BULLETIN
Firefighter Cancer: Some Suggestions for Minimizing the Risk

C3FAC Bulletin imageClick 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: firefighters@c3fac.org.

June 2, 2016

THANK YOU, BASS PRO SHOPS

Photo of C3FAC booth at Bass Pro ShopsIt 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

MEMORIAL DAY

Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

May 27, 2016

VISIT US AT BASS PRO THIS WEEKEND

C3FAC team photoWe'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

Photo of Jack ThoresonTeam 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.

Armed Forces Day poster

May 20, 2016

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: LAST YEAR'S FIRE RESCUE SC CONFERENCE

Photo of Miss South Carolina USA 2015 with Captain Brock TerryC3FAC 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

Photo of Cucamonga ChallengeTeam member Peggy Abundiz represented C3FAC at the ‪Cucamonga Challenge yesterday, organized by Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail. We thank Rancho Cucamonga Fire District for the support.

May 12, 2016

A VISIT WITH HAMPTON FD

Photo of Tommy Smith and Jack Thoreson at Hampton FDYesterday, 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 11, 2016

WEDNESDAY'S WISDOM

Today's wisdom comes to us compliments of Dräger Fire.

May 10, 2016

C3FAC WILL BE AT BASS PRO & CUCAMONGA CHALLENGE

Bass Pro Shops and Cucamonga Challenge photosThe 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 Mission photoC3FAC 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

Great post from Magellan Fitness in support of Code 3 for a Cure. Check out their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/MagellanFitness

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

Read more.

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

Photo of Firefighter Jake"Firefighter Jake - C3FAC" represented by running a half marathon earlier this month at the Not So Normal Run Weekend in Carrboro,NC, wearing his Dräger Fire SCBA. Great acomplishment, Jake!

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.

You can stay updated on information being released through:

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
Firehouse 5k

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

In this video, Firefighter Jake Sinkiewicz, who achieved the Not So Normal Run half marathon yesterday, salutes Dräger for its support of C3FAC: pic.twitter.com/RIll8LcrLV

April 1, 2016

Firefighter Jake Sinkiewicz
to Compete in "Not So Normal"
Half Marathon

Photo of Firefighter JakeWe'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

C3FAC Bulletin

C3FAC Bulletin imageExperts weigh in on the advisability of using washer-extractor machines to clean personal items. (Click image left to read full bulletin.)

March 26, 2016

Thank You,
Bass Pro Shops - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Bass Pro Shops Easter Bunny photoGot 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

Wednesday's Wisdom

Dräger photoToday's wisdom comes compliments of Dräger Fire. Thank you, Dräger!

March 21, 2016

C3FAC Bulletins to be Issued

C3FAC Bulletin imageComing 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: firefighters@c3fac.org. (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 johnccfd@gmail.com or Charles Miller at chkyfab@yahoo.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 firefighters@c3fac.org if interested.

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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 firefighters@c3fac.org.

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