"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 meÎ¾—Î¾they went and got earlyÎ¾cancer screening and they really thanked me a lot.Î¾ So, that makes me very happy that I gave and they gave too."
While still recovering from one of his cancers, AbundizÎ¾told his wife he wantedÎ¾to travel the country in a fire truck to takeÎ¾his message of honor and hope to fire stations across theÎ¾country. He eventuallyÎ¾founded Code 3 For A Cure and is on 8th stop of a 20-thousand mile journeyÎ¾that will take him across the U.S. and Canada before returning the Los Angeles on November 21st.Î¾
He says whileÎ¾CodeÎ¾Î¾3 For AÎ¾Cure raises money to help firefightersÎ¾with financial problems due to cancer, theÎ¾main 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 lateÎ¾."
Abundiz says if firefighters can extinguish fires, they can extinguish cancer.Î¾
For more information, visit the Code 3Î¾For aÎ¾Cure website.
Rod Rice. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.