My Super Hero!
As Super Heroes go Dominic didn't wear a cape nor have some coded ring that brought villains to their knees, Dom was a hero who endured pain and suffering so one day his 'kryptonite' can be cured so no other hero has to live life on the edge as Dom did. My hero fought his battles in a clinic, a hospital, and at school unlike other heroes who fought the good fight amongst explosions and death rays. Unlike the Bat Cave or Superman’s lair Dominic’s hideout was cleverly disguised as a boy’s bedroom, which he shared with his sidekick Ryan. Dominic didn't have a utility belt, a cape, or some secret flying power to defend himself instead he used his smile, gentle looks, and analytical mind to diffuse a villain. Kryptonite eventually got to my hero, taking his physical body but never touching his spirit, as he lay taking his last breath my hero's spirit exited his body and entered mine so it could live on and be born again. Rest now Dom, there are no villains where you have traveled. POW! BIF! BAM!
-- Ernie Cairo, 2011
Dominic was truly our Hero. When we had heard about the Hero Fund we thought it would be a perfect way of keeping Dominic’s name alive while doing what we do for St. Baldrick's. We have been working with St. Baldrick’s since 2008 and since Dominic’s death in 2011 his school, Ogden Avenue, and their amazing Student Council have started a team in his name called ‘Do It for Dominic’. Because of this team and its wonderful leader, Mrs. Tara Petersen, we are able to start the Hero Fund this year. The Hero fund will help us focus our efforts towards the same goal of finding a cure for pediatric cancer so that no other child ever has to go through what Dominic had to endure. This is why we do what we do and this is why we ‘Do It for Dominic’.
Donations made to the Do It For Dominic Fund have funded four Infrastructure Grants at Chicago-area hospitals. In addition, the Fund has funded a St. Baldrick's Fellow Grant for Lisa Mauer M.D. Ph.D., a St. Baldrick’s Scholar Grant for Matthew Barth M.D., and a St. Baldrick's Research Grant for Jonathan Licht M.D.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.
These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of Do It For Dominic. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers and more to make childhood cancer research possible.
Start your own St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money on behalf of our Hero Fund! You’ll be paired with a staff member who will walk you through every step of the process, and you’ll have fun knowing you’re doing a great thing for kids with cancer.
Register to shave your head and raise money for our Hero Fund at any St. Baldrick’s event happening around the world! Not finding an event near you? Register as a virtual shavee and shave your head anytime, anywhere.