BENEFITING: FMCancer Inc
EVENT DATE: Jun 30, 2013
"If it weren't for my cancer, I would be the happiest man alive- Heather- my beautiful, strong wife- I hate that I burden her with all of my problems, yet she fights day in and day out for me. Dominic- my 6 year old that just started kindergarten and is such an entertainer. He is so handsome and already into the ladies. He already loves video games like me and I want to be able to share that with him. Dreçon- my 3 year old that could one day be a great surgeon as he hangs on to every detail of my ordeal and shows such interest! He is so smart, creative and determined- I have to survive this to help Heather through their teenage years! D'Mitri- my sweet baby boy... my beautiful D'Mitri that snuggles and giggles, he makes my heart sing at 10 months old. I am so sad that I have missed so much of him this first year. Obviously with critical illnesses come not only the physical pain, but the financial burden. I feel so helpless and it breaks my heart that I am unable to provide for my family. Heather and I were both in our prime with successful careers and now everything has fallen apart. She is working less to be with me and drive me to treatments. She sits up with me late at night to help me through the depressing time when reality sets in and she starts plotting the next plan of action. I really don't think she sleeps. Any assistance at all would be greatly appreciated." Nick Cimino
January 2012 brought the Cimino Family the most wonderful gift: third son- D'Mitri Apollo Cimino! The same week they were hit with my high grade spindle cell sarcoma diagnosis. They have spent the majority of the year dealing with Nick's leg breaking from the size of the tumor, six dreaded chemo rounds- hospitalized each time for the week, surgery which they thought his leg was a goner, an internal bleeding after the surgery, many blood transfusions and 35 treatments of radiation. Nick was feeling stronger than ever- just working on strengthening the leg, trying to get off the pain meds and looking forward to returning to work in January. He was able to play with Dominic (6 years old) and Dreçon (3 years old) and life was becoming a little more normal and not always about cancer.
In October Nick found out he was terminated from his position. His wife Heather tried to keep him upbeat and spoke with Human Resources and his boss. They would rehire him when he was ready to come back, but this still cancelled all of his benefits... life insurance included which you must be cancer free for at least three years to get again. On November 15th (just 2 days after his 31st birthday), the CT scan showed that BOTH of his lungs had tumors in them. The oncologist said he would have about a year to live. Heather and Nick went on missions to find other answers, including flying to Sloan Kettering in NYC to speak to a Sarcoma Specialist. The doctor at Sloan sent a chemo protocol to his doctors in Fort Myers, Florida and they began the treatments as soon as they returned.
Since then, Nick's tumors grew rapidly in his lungs and breathing became harder and harder for him. After a long, courageous fight, Nick passed away on Saturday, May 11th 2013. That Sunday, Heather was named "Mother of the Year" by the Fort Myers News-Press.
The last thing Heather should be worrying about at a time like this is financial stress. After hearing Nick and Heather's story there was no doubt in my mind that FMC needed to help them as much as possible. All donations go to Heather Cimino to help support Heather and her children.