We are raising funds for firefighters battling cancer in memory of Lorenzo Abundiz, Sr., who passed away on February 12, 2019.
Lorenzo was a loving and loyal father, brother, friend, husband, and Fireman. He had the strength of a lion, a heart of gold, and more grit than you can imagine. After 27 years as a Fireman, Lorenzo retired from the Santa Ana Fire Department in California and went on to create a national nonprofit organization, Code 3 for a Cure, to help spread the word about firefighter cancer and provide financial help to firefighters battling cancer. Lorenzo personally visited countless fire stations throughout the United States to relay the message to firefighters to wear their protective equipment and get early cancer screenings. During the Missions of Honor and Hope, Lorenzo and his team also conducted memorial fire bell ceremonies to honor and remember those firefighters who have lost their lives to cancer because, as he put it, “It was they who paved the way, through their service and sacrifice, to the equipment and procedures used by firefighters today.”
Lorenzo knew firsthand about firefighting-related cancers, having fought three different cancer battles himself. He was diagnosed with his fourth cancer on January 14, 2020, a sarcoma caused by the radiation treatments he had received during his first cancer. The doctors at University of California, San Francisco were optimistic about Lorenzo’s upcoming surgery and prognosis. As always, Lorenzo was poised and ready to fight, and had no doubts that he was going to beat this one too. But it seems there was a divine plan in place to save him from having to do that.
Lorenzo leaves behind his two sons, Lorenzo, Sr. and Jeremy (both of whom work in the EMS field), his brother Joe, his sister Stella, and his loving friend Peggy. He joins his sister Ramona, his parents, Luis and Maria Abundiz, and his firefighter comrades who have gone before him.
The moneys donated here will go to Code 3 for a Cure. 100% of these funds will be distributed from there directly to firefighters who are battling cancer. Donations are tax deductible. For tax deduction purposes, Code 3 for a Cure's Tax I.D. number is 26-2687966.
Please join us in supporting firefighters throughout the nation who are battling cancer, in memory of Lorenzo.
- Al Arnold
- Thuan Nguyen
Code 3 for a Cure Foundation
Donations are 100% tax deductible.