Lorenzo Abundiz, Founder
Code 3 for a Cure
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Lorenzo Abundiz, Sr., President and Founder of Code 3 for a Cure, 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 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, Jr. 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.
Cards can be sent to: The Abundiz Family, 23363 Cypress Point Drive, Ripon, CA 95366.