Volunteers help family displaced by Sandy get new home - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Volunteers help family displaced by Sandy get new home

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A cancer-stricken 6-year-old boy whose family was displaced by Superstorm Sandy is back in his Long Island home after it was rebuilt by volunteers. 

A child with Leukemia is difficult enough for any family, but for the Heckman family in Amityville it is a situation made that much worse when Hurricane Sandy destroyed their home.  

They moved back in for the first time today. The home was rebuilt with the help of hundreds of volunteers. 

A breathtaking and tearful move in day at the Heckman house -- and it feels good. 

"This is what they've been waiting for for so long," said Danielle Heckman. 

The family's home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy -- a loss coming just months after Danielle learned their 6-year-old son Steven had leukemia. 

"It was just a nightmare. We were losing hope," said Danielle.  

After hearing about the family's dilemma, volunteers from the National Association of Remodeling Industry rebuilt the place, even giving Steven his own bedroom with a painting of Indiana Jones -- the courageous adventurer is his favorite character.  

"It means that we can be a family again. The kids have their own room and they don't have to worry about where they're going to sleep tonight," Danielle.  

"To see the owners walk into this house – it is very warming," said Patrick Bentivegna. 

Bentivegna helped with construction here and he says throughout our region, thousands of others are still in desperate need of repairs. 

"The scope of work is just devastating," said Bentivegna. People don't know what to do. Insurance companies haven't worked with them yet."

Despite the challenges facing her family, Danielle says she feels lucky.  

"We know a lot of people. I wish everyone could be helped the way that I was helped." 

It is still a long road ahead for young Steven. He has at least two more years of chemotherapy.

For more information on how you may be able to help, log on to deletebloodcancer.org.

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Fire destroys stores on Long Island

    Fire destroys stores on Long Island

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:00:16 GMT
    A fire started in a shoe repair store on Long Island and destroyed neighboring stores on Thursday morning. Firefighters were called to Willis Avenue and Goodrich Street in Williston Park around 2:30 a.m. They believe the fire started in a shoe repair store and spread to the surrounding stores. Stores included a dry cleaner and a bar. 13 fire departments responded to the blaze. The fire is not under control yet. No injuries were reported. 
    A fire started in a shoe repair store on Long Island and destroyed neighboring stores on Thursday morning. Firefighters were called to Willis Avenue and Goodrich Street in Williston Park around 2:30 a.m. They believe the fire started in a shoe repair store and spread to the surrounding stores. Stores included a dry cleaner and a bar. 13 fire departments responded to the blaze. The fire is not under control yet. No injuries were reported. 
  • Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island

    Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:50:43 GMT
    Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip.
    Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip.
  • Toddler found 'unresponsive' in swimming pool on Long Island

    Toddler found 'unresponsive' in swimming pool on Long Island

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:05:25 GMT
    A toddler was listed in serious condition after being found in a pool, Suffolk County Police said Tuesday.Cops and medics responded to a home in Sayville at shortly after 10:30 a.m., when the 18-month-old girl was found in the in-ground pool, police said. Officers and medics performed CPR on the girl, police said.
    A toddler was listed in serious condition after being found in a pool, Suffolk County Police said Tuesday.Cops and medics responded to a home in Sayville at shortly after 10:30 a.m., when the 18-month-old girl was found in the in-ground pool, police said. Officers and medics performed CPR on the girl, police said.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices