Do It For Dominic to hold annual fundraiser


Dominic Cairo, center, died of cancer in 2011 when he was 8 years old.

Lars Lonnroth, Assistant News Editor

The Do it for Dominic Hero Fund’s annual event at the MAX McCook is taking place this Friday, marking the end of the organization’s main fundraising season.

The fund commemorates La Grange Park resident Dominic Cairo, a student at Ogden Elementary school who died of cancer in 2011 when he was 8 years old. It has has raised money for an array of cancer organizations, and is affiliated with the St. Baldrick’s foundation.

“I wanted to keep his memory alive and I wanted to do more than what I was doing with St. Baldrick’s,” Anna Cairo, Dominic’s mother, told the LION last December.

The money the Do it For Dominic Hero Fund raises is given out as grants to cancer researchers. Last October, the fund gave a $115,000 grant to a researcher at the University of Buffalo who was researching Burkitt Lymphoma.

The event—taking place at the the MAX McCook Athletic & Exposition at 4750 S. Vernon Ave.—will begin 6 p.m. and will have music, awards and people shaving their heads to help raise awareness of childhood cancer, Anna said.