What is DimoStrong?
The DimoStrong Foundation is named for Anthony “Dimo” Dimiceli. Dimo suffered from an undiagnosed autoimmune disease for five years. During those five years, he always had a positive attitude and remained strong despite everything he was going through. He always made a great impression on everyone he met with his fun-loving personality and kindness. His passion was medicine and he was always eager to read, listen or attend anything that would offer him more knowledge. He was finding his way and determining where he would fit best in the medical field. On many occasions, he talked about how he wanted to leave his mark on the world by doing something that made an impact on peoples lives.
It is with that inspiration that we launched the DimoStrong Foundation. In the beginning, it was a Facebook page and bracelets. The support and passion we received through that alone has been amazing! We then added profiles on Twitter and Instagram. We have now launched the website and can accept donations via Paypal. August 15th will also be the 1st annual DimoStrong Jam at Side Street Studio in Downtown Elgin.
Our next step is to file for 501(c)3 status and establish ourselves as a non-profit corporation. We will keep you updated via this blog and social media as things develop.
As far as the goals of the Foundation, you can see on our website that we want to work with you, our community, to be Educated on autoimmune disease, Create awareness of the fight against autoimmune diseases and Donate for our upcoming efforts. In the coming months, we will be identifying the places, causes and people we want to help with the donations. We are targeting the following ideas and continue to research the options that most represent Dimo.
- Fund or contribute to an autoimmune focused research initiative.
- A fund that will help 2-3 families per year with travel, food or lodging during hospital stays.
- Establish scholarships at Larkin High School and Elgin Community College.
- Build a plan around funding the planting of several trees in area parks.
Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to move forward. We can’t thank each and every one of you enough for helping us get this far!