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Project Nest

$68,050 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 261 people in 2 months
Created May 24, 2019
Team Firenze
on behalf of Angelo P. Firenze
Calling all friends!

If you’re like us, you have been devotedly following Cassie’s cancer journey along its winding road and looking for ways to support her.  As you’ve no doubt marveled at, Cassie has marched ahead with unbelievable strength and determination, optimism, and humor -- with little time for complaints or self-pity.

Emily has been peppering Cassie with Atul Gawande prompts, questions like, “What are your goals for when time runs short?” Her answer is a testament to who she is and how she has been living her life. Experiences on your bucket list? Nah. Raise a bunch of money for fellow cancer warriors? Did it. Grudges to settle? Nada. Make up for past mistakes or wasted opportunities? Nope.

Cassie does have one, unmet wish remaining: to get back into her family's renovated house on Dean Street. This will give Cassie home-field advantage to fight on her home turf, within the walls of her dream home. This will also enable Cassie to prepare Nico’s nest and to set Angelo and Nico up for success. 

This profoundly important wish requires all hands on deck to speed up the estimated move-in date. Both the construction contractors and Cassie's oncologists say this is doable. We want to make it a reality. 

What an incredible opportunity for us to help Cassie, Angelo, and Nico receive some good news! To get Dean Street finished, we need to raise $50,000. This will enable the contractors to speed up the process and finish their work. (While they appreciate other offers, it is best to have their contractor managing this project). There will be more opportunities to offer special talents once move-in occurs, from unpacking to landscaping.

Most importantly, don’t worry if you cannot make a large donation- many hands make light work and every drop in the bucket counts. With their vast network, small donations will add up! Participation is key.

We know we will show up to make this happen. And if we know Cassie and how much she means to you, we suspect we will blow this goal out of the water. But don’t worry: if we do, all extra money raised that is not used for getting them back home will go to the Pan Mass Challenge in which Angelo is racing. So let’s get to it and build this house. And when we do, Cassie has promised us a big house party. With a keg. (Right, Cass? Don’t forget about the keg!)

This is an audacious goal and we need move quickly. We need to raise these funds by July 15 so that Cassie, Angelo, and Nico can move in this August. So let's get going. Project Nest -- it’s our gift to our beloved friend who has brought so much joy and fun to our lives.

With love,
Emily & Jess
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A quick update… Cassie, Nico and I will be moving into our completely remodeled home in August. The idea that we would get this house this quickly was unthinkable a few months back. We are stunned and simply have no words to express our gratitude for all of your generosity.
In other news, my second annual effort in support of the Pan Mass Challenge is now a little over a week away. You may see social media posts surrounding this. When you donated to this GoFundme campaign, you also already supported my Pan Mass Challenge Ride. Again, Thank You!
Tomorrow morning Cassie and I will be headed back to Dana Farber for meetings with her Oncologist. Over the last 18 months we’ve come to learn that it is futile to try and predict what this disease is going to throw at us next. One thing we are sure of however is that this disease has given us the opportunity to feel what it is like at the receiving end of (in Cassie’s words) a love bomb. Through all of you we have been the recipients of the best stuff the human spirit puts out. Thank you. Thank you.
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The below is re-posted from my Sunday Journal Entry on Cassie's Caringbridge page...

Cassie and I are quite simply stunned. In about 24 hours since I first learned this campaign had been created, the ridiculously audacious goal of $50,000* has been surpassed. The phrase “there are no words” doesn’t even come close to carrying the weight necessary to express our true sense of gratitude.

Just two days ago I was meeting with our contractor trying to get creative to speed things up. We found options. Changing to pre-finished floors from the planned standard oak might buy us ten days. Going with a new pre finished siding product, instead of trying to patch new cedar shingles in with the old, could save time. Getting the cabinet shop started sooner. The list of options provided offered hope, but most of the items on it had a hard cost attached (This remained true despite our contractor’s overwhelming show of empathy and desire to help in numerous ways that were no doubt a cost to him, but not costs he planned on transferring to us. He’s a great guy!)


Today our options are wider. Our hearts are full and Cassie’s spirit is strong.

Our promise to all of you is to be grateful stewards of your generous gifts. We will speed up this project with creativity first. We will unabashedly use your generous gifts of cash where that is the tool that can move the needle. And as was said, if we can reserve more for the important work at DFCI all the better. You will all be updated.


Cassie is focused on her fight. I am filled with awe.

From a deeply grateful Firenze family... Thank you!

*That total is now over $60K.
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What an amazing outcome this weekend !!! Not in our wildest dreams did we imagine this audacious goal would be met so quickly - but we did suspect that the strong relationships Cassie, Angelo and Nico have forged throughout their lives would carry them home to Dean Street.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of support for Project Nest! You can certainly continue to donate, should you wish to add additional funds to the many upcoming Firenze endeavors.

With sincere appreciation and deep gratitude,
Emily and Jess
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$68,050 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 261 people in 2 months
Created May 24, 2019
Team Firenze
on behalf of Angelo P. Firenze
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