‘Fighting every single day:’ Lindenhurst neighbors host fundraiser for 7-year-old with cancer

Neighbors are hosting a fundraising event for 7-year-old Dominick Gonzales, who has been fighting cancer since last May.

News 12 Staff

Jul 18, 2021, 2:26 PM

Updated 1,009 days ago


The Lindenhurst community came together Sunday to help the family of a young boy battling brain cancer.
Vickie Ramos owns Vickie's Casa del Sabor, a popular empanada shop in Lindenhurst. However, she’s had to shut the family business down since her 7-year-old son Dominick was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain and spinal cancer.
Friends and customers worked together to start a fundraiser to help the family as they face tough times.  
“We are just trying to help out the best we can so that the business stays a float while they are closed,” says Stephanie Lennon, of Lindenhurst.
The theme of the event was “DomStrong,” inspired by the 7-year-old’s favorite superhero Iron Man.
“He has been really resilient, he's home on hospice, but he is fighting every single day,” says Christine Collado, Dominick’s aunt. Organizers say their efforts started as a simple bake sale before it turned into a large fundraising event.
“It exploded in two weeks…we have over 150 prizes, we also have a silent auction going on,” Lennon says.
Longtime customer Shelia Erickson says she would do anything to help a family who has done so much for the community. “Her family have touched the hearts and stomachs of everyone in this town,” Erickson says.
Ramos says, “It’s honestly humbling. It’s more than what we would have imagined.”
For those who want to help but couldn’t make it to the event, a GoFundMe was set up for Dominick and his family.

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