The Dino Fund
Richard DiNozzi, “Diz” or “Dino” to many of his friends, was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer just before Christmas last year. He has had 7 months of chemotherapy so far, and is determined to keep fighting for his life.
His cooking skills were legendary at many establishments including Eagle Brook Saloon, Lewis,' his own Pelican Pub, and Catman. He fed people who couldn’t pay and made others laugh. For the past 14 years he has worked for Mansfield Public Schools.
His grandsons, one eleven and one six, are counting on him to plant a garden with them next year. He has been looking forward to helping them grow into young men.
He cannot work, now, and his wife, Anne was forced to retire early to take care of him. His son, Nicki, helps with trips to the hospital. His co-workers and friends in Mansfield have been wonderful in their support. But, Dino grew up in Norwood and has always considered it his home. He seems to be on a first name basis with most of the people in town.
Dino and Anne are struggling to balance finances and stay in their house while he is continuing to undergo treatment. But the increased heating bills (he is cold all the time due to weight loss), co-pays, medical supplies, trips back and forth to the hospital in Boston every week have become a huge financial burden. If you can help, it would mean so much to him and his family.
He didn't have a lot of extra energy, but Dino really enjoyed his garden this summer, sharing the work and rewards with his friends and grandsons. Although it was a dry summer and he had difficulty keeping up with the watering he still managed a rich harvest. He enjoyed his tomato and cheese sandwiches, bragged about his beans and gave away plenty of extra vegetables and seeds. In August and September his house constanly smelled of tomatoes as he cooked quart after quart of sauce, and taught his son his favorite recipes.
Also in August, Dino's doctor put him on a "maintenance program", in which he gets chemo a little less often at a slightly lower dose. The tumors are not shrinking, but are not growing either, for now. Still there have been complications, it is very hard for Dino to maintain his weight, and many days it is too much of a struggle to get dressed. He is cheered by those notes and phone calls from friends, and looks forward to those days when he feels well enough to go outside and pull weeds, talk a bit to neighbors, or just enjoy the sunset.
All those friends, acquaintances and colleagues who got back in touch, called, wrote cards, and have donated, have helped Dino through some really dark times. The donations have eased some of his worries about having to sell the house to pay the increased expenses of his treatment. He is trying hard to take it day by day, and not think too much about the future.
Please take a moment to make a donation if you are able and/or share this with your friends and coworkers. We have raised nearly $5,000.00 and are on our way to our goal of $25,000.00.
Thanks so much for your help!
Hi, My name is Katelan and I am a partner at Wampum Corner Wines and Liquors. I would like to help and have an idea for a fundraiser I wanted to ok with you first. You can fb me or call the store, 508-384-8412. I will be here until 6 tonight and back to work next Friday the 12th. Dino if you can read this I miss you and keep up the good fight!! XOXO