Dominic Di Fede and his family are widely known and loved around Martin County for both their delicious food and warm hospitality. Unfortunately in 2017 Dominic was diagnosed with Colorectal cancer. In the beginning, the doctors had told Dominic and his family that they had caught the cancer in time, as it was just stage 1, a rarity for colon cancer. However in just a few short weeks and more scans, the cancer progressed to stage 4 and the cancer had metastasized to his lungs.
His care plan quickly took a 180 and went from radiation to 12 sessions of chemo every 2 weeks, with 4 hours in the chair and 48 hours on a take home pouch. While going through treatment, Dominic went back for a new scan which had shown that the rectal cancer had shrunk, however the spots in his lungs had grown.
After numerous doctors and hospitals, Dominic and his family were given a little more hope. With the help of Dominic's oncologist he was scheduled for surgery. The robotic surgery that was supposed to last 3-4 hours required 11 hours and over 30 stitches. 18 hours later, Dominic had developed an infection and was back in surgery.
Dominic was then put through more chemo in hopes of shrinking the nodules in his lungs. However, after surgery came with many complications and many trips in and out of the emergency room.
In 2018 ,Dominic's cancer had mutated so he qualified for a clinical trial- a last resort, at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. The side effects have taken a brutal toll on his body.
The last bill the Di Fede family has seen was over $600,000 and they are unsure how much of it insurance can cover. As many know, medical bills rack up quickly and are just an added stress for the family in this already hyper-stressful and emotional time. Dominic and his wife, Rosalia have been driving back and forth to Jacksonville every 2 weeks since April 2018. Gas, hotels and meals are constantly being added as additional expenses.
Dominic has been a fighter since his diagnosis and will continue to be one. Anybody that knows him knows his love, generosity and strong will. We are reaching out in hopes of relieving some of the financial burden on the Di Fede family. Let's all join Dominic and his family in this fight by giving back some of generosity that he has given this community.