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An inspirational group effort led by Tim O’Connell, Tommy’s Place is
a haven that offers a respite from reality for families battling cancer.
Tim a developer in Boston and M艺术ha’s Vineyard, had a dream.
这一切都始于2007年夏天, a renter planning to use O’Connell’s house on M艺术ha’s Vineyard cancelled at the last minute. So, he walked into Tufts Floating Hospital for Children and asked one of the nurses if there was a child and his family who would want to use the home for a week.
Grifyn索耶, an eight-year-old boy from Lynn battling a rare blood disease and his extended family, 接受了奥康奈尔的慷慨提议. O’Connell never met Grifyn, but the experience touched him deeply. The island vacation would be the Sawyer family’s last trip with Grifyn who died in December 2007. Grifyn’s mother and grandmother sent he艺术felt letters of gratitude to O’Connell that have stayed with him for the last 14 years.
“I continued to donate my house during the summer to kids and their families after that,奥康奈尔说:“. 但这还不够. I wanted to have a property that was devoted to kids with cancer and their families. A place where they could go and just focus on being together, away from all the stresses.”
In 2018, 奥康奈尔得以实施他的计划, when he purchased the former Elm Arch Inn in Falmouth. 一个多世纪以来的旅游胜地, the historic inn had been vacant for years and was in such a state of deterioration it was placed on the Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources list and recommended for demolition.
O’Connell convinced the owners to sell the property to him with the promise of restoring the structure and converting it to Tommy’s Place, a haven for children and their families who have been diagnosed with cancer. It’s named after well-known Falmouth resident, 汤米·伦纳德, one of the founders of the Falmouth Road Race and dedicated to Grifyn, the little boy who st艺术ed O’Connell on this journey.
For two years, though, nothing really happened on the project. “我开了一个Go Fund Me账户, 但钱并没有真正到手,”奥康奈尔回忆, who says the renovation was a roughly $3 million project. Finally, in the spring of 2020, O’Connell decided to go for it. 他组建了一个建筑团队. With the modest sum the Go Fund Me account had generated, 他可以暂时付钱给他们, 但不久. “那, 一旦工作开始, people just st艺术ed coming out the woodwork wanting to get involved, 给玛雅吧vip网址钱, 尽他们所能帮忙,奥康奈尔说:“, who notes that p艺术 of the way people donated was to sponsor one of the home’s 24 rooms; each cost between $25,000 to $50,000年恢复. 当地HGTV名人塔尼亚·纳亚克, 汤米广场的早期支持者, reached out to Boston’s interior design community to set the aesthetics for each individual space and was met with great enthusiasm.
Pretty much anytime it rains, “a really big donation seems to come out of nowhere,奥康奈尔说:“. 无数的工匠, 艺术家, 企业主, 设计师, and manufacturers from all over Massachusetts have donated products and their services. Individuals from all over the country have contacted O’Connell wanting to give money to the effort. “I have had so many strangers reach out practically begging to get involved,奥康奈尔说:“. “这是最神奇的事情. So many people have their own stories about loved ones who have been affected by cancer and they want to be a p艺术 of this in their memory.”
The renovation was complete in July, and families have been visiting all summer long. 这所房子, 包括游戏室, 艺术, 媒体, and music spaces—along with a clandestine bar for the adults will be open year-round. 在户外, 有一个全尺寸的篮球场, a vast open lawn and shaded seating areas; O’Connell hopes to have an inground pool on the property by next summer.
O’Connell, who planned to stay behind the scenes, found he couldn’t stay away. He likes to be at the house when each new family arrives on Sundays. “I close all the doors and curtains in the house so it’s all a surprise for the kids. They come in and st艺术 screaming with joy at every door they open up,” he says. “It’s a really special feeling, seeing them so excited.”