Marco “Budda” Ordaz was a firefighter/medic for the North Aurora, Illinois Fire Protection District. Marco was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), on February 6, 2006, he was 26. After two years battling the disease he lost his life on January 25, 2008. The Budda Brotherhood Foundation was formed in his memory.
During Marco’s battle with the disease, he and his wife Tricia were met with the high cost of medical and travel expenses. Fortunately, firefighters are always there for each other. The North Aurora Fire District and their friends rallied around Marco and his fight. Overwhelmed by their brotherhood, Marco had a vision for a foundation that would rally around firefighters stricken with cancer. Tragically Marco was unable to fulfill his vision, but his wife, Tricia, developed the Foundation in his memory.
Today Budda’s Brotherhood Foundation rallies around firefighters battling cancer. If you are interested in the Budda Brotherhood Foundation click here.