Now medically retired, Abundiz spent time in Houston being treated at MD Anderson. While he was here he stayed at Fire Station 33 on Fannin, just south of the medical center. He says he’s now able to return the favor.
“I’ve actually had Captains and firefighters here have come up to me and said, hey, they saw what I was going through and because of me — they went and got early cancer screening and they really thanked me a lot. So, that makes me very happy that I gave and they gave too.”
While still recovering from one of his cancers, Abundiz told his wife he wanted to travel the country in a fire truck to take his message of honor and hope to fire stations across the country. He eventually founded Code 3 For A Cure and is on 8th stop of a 20-thousand mile journey that will take him across the U.S. and Canada before returning the Los Angeles on November 21st.
He says while Code 3 For A Cure raises money to help firefighters with financial problems due to cancer, the main purpose at each fire station is to rise awareness about cancer.
“And that’s what its about right now: trying to save lives by early cancer screening and not to limit your options and be too late .”
Abundiz says if firefighters can extinguish fires, they can extinguish cancer.
For more information, visit the Code 3 For a Cure website.
Rod Rice. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.