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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

Firefighters image with Prayer

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.

Photo of Corpus Christi shirt - back Photo of Corpus Christi shirt - front and back Image of Corpus Christi shirt - front and back

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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