Bakery owners celebrate remission with ‘cancer party’
Fino and Annette Docimo can hardly find the words to thank the community for the support they’ve received during Fino’s cancer treatment, so they’ll thank the community in the language they’re most fluent in: food.
“We’re doing a cancer party because I’m in remission,” Fino said. “Roast suckling pig, some Sicilian pizza, sausage and peppers, flatbread, beer, wine.”
The Docimos, owners of Annette’s Mountain Bake Shop on the Hyman Avenue mall, are serving up the feast free of charge from noon to 4 p.m. today as a thank-you to the community.
When Fino was diagnosed with Stage 4 bladder cancer at the end of September, the Docimos’ world was turned upside down. Fino started chemotherapy treatment, and they closed the bake shop for a while before Annette was able to open back up with some new employees. She quickly realized how much support they had from friends and regulars at the shop. People would come in daily to ask about Fino and talk to Annette about their own personal connections to cancer. They’d ask what they could do and how they could help.
Fino said that community support was incredible. He mostly heard about it from Annette when she’d come home from the shop every night.
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“I got so much support from everyone, I’m ready to start crying,” Fino said. “Annette took the brunt of it — people stopping in and talking to her. Just talking to her was a huge help.”
Annette said the community rallied around them, raising nearly $11,000 through a GoFundMe page called “Help Fino Beat Cancer.” That money will help Fino attend an alternative cancer clinic in Mallorca, Spain, next month.
“They say I’m in remission, but there’s always a worry it could come back, so I’m going to make sure it doesn’t come back,” Fino said. “Chemotherapy wrecks a lot of parts of your body. They’re telling me everything looks good, but I want to take this one step further.”
Annette and Fino said the pig roast is just a small token of appreciation. They’re hoping to see all of the friendly faces who continued to check in on them over the past several months.
“You never really can let people know how much it really meant,” Fino said. “To me and Annette, it meant so much. … No words I could say to express how much.”
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