"You have cancer". They are words that alter lives, including those of many firefighters who are diagnosed each year with potentially life-taking disease.
Each day, members of the Los Angeles Fire Department witness the uncommon bravery of cancer patients and the boundless devotion of their loved ones, caretakers and cancer researchers; as they collectively strive for wellness.
It was therefore an honor for the crew at LAFD Station 27, as well as staff from the adjacent Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial in Hollywood, to witness today's start of a celebrity encouraged 8,800-mile fire engine journey across America to raise cancer awareness and money toward finding a cure.
Code 3 For A Cure...
Retired Santa Ana, California firefighter Lorenzo Abundiz, a survivor of three types of cancer, founded Code 3 For A Cure not only to call attention to how common cancer is among firefighters, but to encourage those in all walks of life to donate directly to established cancer-related charities of their choosing.
Abundiz, his son and a close friend will be joined by dozens of other firefighters - including cancer survivors, on their cross-country journey aboard a fire engine (and fuel) proudly donated by the Sutphen Corporation.
To follow their daily exploits and learn about helping the cause, please visit:
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department