This summer, just a few weeks before our kids would return to school, our friends, Fernando and Teresa Diaz, noticed a little bump on the side of their son Dominic’s neck. As any parents would do, they immediately brought him to the doctors. The doctors weren’t too alarmed, nor convinced that the little bump was anything serious, but they sent Dominic to have an ultrasound at Children’s Hospital just to be safe.
The results were not what they were hoping to hear, as the doctors explained, "Mr. and Mrs. Diaz, your son Dominic has CANCER - Hodgkin’s Lymphoma."
This news was devastating, for Dominic, Fernando, Teresa and their whole family. They have had to deal with numerous Doctor's appointments, trips to the hospital, an avalanche of information and the fear of the unknown. It has been an emotional roller coaster for them and very difficult for Fernando and Teresa to explain to their 13 year old son that he has Cancer.
The next steps involved Dominic having a biopsy procedure, with the hope of being able to remove the lump. Unfortunately, the lump was too close to his artery and it could not be removed. So now, Dominic is receiving chemo therapy, which everyone is hoping will get rid of this awful cancer! Fortunately this type of cancer has a good prognosis - it IS treatable and curable.
Dominic is scheduled to have another ultrasound to see if there are any changes and at that point, the doctors will decide if he needs radiation to further combat the cancer.
In the meantime, Dominic has good days and bad days and has not been to school very much. Fernando and Teresa are amazing and are doing everything they can to keep him positive and to help him feel as normal as possible through this situation.
Dominic has started to lose his hair and is, understandably, feeling a bit self-conscience. The most important thing for Dominic right now is to get physically healthy and just as important, to stay emotionally healthy. It is very easy to become depressed and feel alone when diagnosed with cancer. So we ask that friends continue with texting, calling, sending notes/cards and asking Dominic to hangout and keep including him in activities (as long as he is feeling well). All of this support will help him get thru this!
We have set up this GoFundMe page as a way to help the Diaz family and are asking for your support for such a caring and loving family.
The medical expenses can be costly and by contributing to this, we are not only helping Dominic in his fight, but we are coming together as a community to show that we care and want to help the family with this unasked for burden. Please contribute what you can and help spread the word by using social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Together, we can all make a difference.
We'll be updating this page from time to time as the Diaz family and the Millis community fights on behalf of Dominic.
Thanks for your consideration and support.
Lauren Gavigan and Donna Walsh
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