Son of Collier County Sheriff’s Office employee fights rare cancer


Dominick Nino, 11, is battling a rare form of leukemia at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Fortunately, he doesn’t fight alone. Lights from Collier County sheriff’s cruisers and fire trucks appeared near the hospital.

This is something Dominick and his family will never forget.

The bond between delegates is like the bond between siblings, according to Christian Nino, Dominick’s father. “It means a lot to see someone in uniform do something for a sibling,” Christian said.

The son of this Collier County Sheriff’s Office employee is battling leukemia. Christian says it was very difficult to find out about his son.

“It was heartbreaking, it was very shocking,” Christian said.

Fortunately, for Christians’ son and his family, Dominick doesn’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Firefighters and officers came to help.

“Once all the patrol cars come in, he goes, that’s ‘a lot of people,'” Christian said. “They are here to show your support.”

On Tuesday evening, officers from the Collier and Lee County Sheriff’s Offices and the Iona-McGregor Fire Department showed up and went on strike to support Dominick and his family.

“He was very excited to see the drone and helicopter. he saw the helicopter fly by. he thought it was great and so cool,” said Christian. One after another, they punched him in the wind at Golisano Children’s Hospital. “That’s how he said hello to everyone.”

This is an evening the family says they will never forget, especially after the year they’ve had. “It’s been a tough year and a half for everyone with COVID and for them to do this and show their support it meant a lot to our family,” Christian said.

Everyone says they want to be strong for Dominick. “We try to be strong for him. He has been very strong,” said Christian.

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