Hurricane Sandy - Help rebuild our Lives

$10,653 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 113 people in 52 months
Danielle Heckman  AMITYVILLE, NY

Our 6 year old son Steven was diagnosed with Leukemia last summer....and just when our family thought nothing else could get worse, our home was destroyed by hurricane Sandy. We had over 3 feet of water in our home, and a large tree in our backyard fell on our shed and everything inside of it pretty much exploded....everything in that shed was everything I've ever saved from when our 3 children were born.


On Novemeber 21st...our son and our family was supposed to be going to Disney World for his Make-a-wish trip, but we had to cancel the trip because of the situation we have now been put in. There's so many things that we need to do with the house right now to prepare for it being rebuilt, or to find another home.


My husbands mother was kind enough to rent the home to us, but with Steven being diagnosed with Leukemia, me leaving my job to stay home and care for him, and Steve having a hard time finding work to pay the bills, his mother was kind enough to let us stay there rent free until we could get back up on our feet. Before we moved into that home, his mother was trying to sell the home because it was not her primary residence and it was much more than she could even afford, but she allowed us to stay there because we needed help and couldnt afford to live on our own at this time. To add to all this...we did not have flood insurance because the cost of it was way too expensive. Since the home was built, water has NEVER come into the home. This was the first time, and everything we had is now gone. 


FEMA is helping people but because it is not our primary home they will not give us financial assistance, and because it is not Steve's mothers primary residence they will not give her the assistance either. We would have to apply for a low interest loan for financial assistance, and we don't have the money to repay that, and neither does his mother.

Because of this situation we are now in, his mother may be forced to sell the property as is. Which means that we will either have to purchase the home from her so we can get the assistance to make the repairs, or we would have to relocate and find another home, which we cannot afford.

We are completely starting over from scratch. We did save some tv's and the childrens video games, but everything else was lost...Our couches/beds/clothes/dressers/all of the childrens toys/kitchen/pots/pans/dishes/appliances.

We have set our goal high in hopes to try to replace everything we may possibly need and have lost.


We're asking for everyone's help, every dollar counts and will help us rebuild our home or to help our family find a new home. It is our wish to be in our "home" in time for Christmas so life can feel somewhat normal again during a very special time. We are asking for all types of donations, whether is $1.00 or more. We would love to accept clothes and furniture as well, but at this time, we have no place to put it. Please help us rebuild our home, so we can live life somewhat normal again. So our children can sleep in their own bed and sit at a table and have a home cooked meal. Maybe even to wake up to a beautiful christmas tree thats ours on christmas morning. 


Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and for all of your support. Once we have some money to start rebuilding, if you can donate your time to help us put new electric in and to put in new insulation and sheetrock etc....that would be greatly appreicated.

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Update 11
Posted by Danielle Heckman
48 months ago
Just thought to share of picture of Steven a few months ago....before his hair grew back. This was Steven making the most out of being in the hospital. Building Legos sure is fun!!! Steven is definitely the strongest boy I know. And our family is so proud of his courage!!!
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Update 10
Posted by Danielle Heckman
48 months ago
Hey Everyone! There are some people I cannot figure out how to email directly so I am posting this for all to see.

Although Steven does NOT need a transplant now, he could one day. We want to be prepared and have a lifeline. Please do this not only for Steven but for every child and adult out there that need a transplant NOW or may one day need one!

Visit this website for DKMS:
http://www.deletebloodcancer.org/

On this site you can request a swab kit to be sent directly to your home, and you will be added to the National Registry. There's a lot of children out there that need you!

Thank you all again for all of your concern and support!! Smiling has become a lot easier recently and we have all of you to thank for that!!

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Update 9
Posted by Danielle Heckman
48 months ago
Hey Everyone! I'm finding out that this website is automatically emailing people in my contacts list on a daily basis. It is not me doing it, and I cant figure out how to stop it. I did send and email to go fund me. Hopefully they can fix the problem. In the mean time...I apologize for the daily emails.

Also, the house is coming out beautiful so far. These workers from NARI are FAST and INCREDIBLE!!!
It's so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
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Update 8
Posted by Danielle Heckman
48 months ago
Also please, I beg you all, not just for our son, but for every child out there who may need a bone marrow transplant....if you want to get on the registry and potentially save an innocent child's life....please register here to become a bone marrow donor
whats the worst that can happen to you? A little needle in your back? Our son had a needle in his back every week for awhile....if he can do it, you can do it too!!!!
If YOU do it...you will be saving a life!
when our son does it....he is jut trying to survive!

http://www.deletebloodcancer.org/
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Guinan's Aurora
47 months ago

WE would like to donate Bikes to all the Heckman children please see-Guinan's Aurora on face book-guinan'saurora.org. Jay Vitale

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Jennifer Grinberg
47 months ago

Blessed Christmas Alexa, little Stevie & Juliana...love your Sittoo. Danielle, please give my grandchildren hugs & kisses from me. Love mom

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Doreen McCready
48 months ago

I would like to see if I'm a match for your son !! I can be reached at babydee89@gmail.com

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Beth Goodman
48 months ago

Your contact button doesn't seem to work.

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Shannon McKechnie
48 months ago

I have a 6 year old daughter and I would be devastated if this was happening to her. How do I go about donating bone marrow to your son if I'm a match?

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Shannon McKechnie
48 months ago

I have a 6 year old daughter and I would be devastated if this was happening to her. How do I go about donating bone marrow to your son if I'm a match?

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Destiny Kruse
48 months ago

I don't have any money but I had read on Huffington Post that you had planned on going to Disneyworld. I have a lot of Marriott reward points and I' d feel privileged to help you out in the only way I unfortunately can at the moment.

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Destiny Kruse
48 months ago

I don't have any money but I had read on Huffington Post that you had planned on going to Disneyworld. I have a lot of Marriott reward points and I' d feel privileged to help you out in the only way I unfortunately can at the moment.

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Melissa Weir
48 months ago

Learn more about Steven and how to help by watching this video: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1993119383001/

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Eddie Fatula Sammartino
48 months ago

How would I go about to see if I am a match for this young man? I tried sending a message but it wouldnt let me go through. (theheckmanfamily)

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$10,653 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 113 people in 52 months
Created August 06, 2012
KA
$25
Klaus Adam
46 months ago
$500
Anonymous
47 months ago
PP
$50
Paula Pereira
47 months ago

Keeping you in our prayers! Wishing nothing but best of luck for you and the family! We are all in this together! God Bless Love the Pereira Family

CH
$50
Charles Vander Haar
47 months ago
$25
Anonymous
47 months ago
TZ
$100
Thomas Zeleznik
47 months ago
NK
$15
Nageen Karimi
48 months ago

God bless your family and your little angel.

MT
$465
maria thomas
48 months ago

I saw your son's story on FOX NEWS and shared it with my co-workers, so please accept this donation on behalf of the staff of the Nassau County Treasurer's Office.

EC
$25
Eileen Cruz
48 months ago

Merry Christmas!

SS
$250
stephen soviero
48 months ago

We are good friends of the Pappas family and are happy during this time.

Guinan's Aurora
47 months ago

WE would like to donate Bikes to all the Heckman children please see-Guinan's Aurora on face book-guinan'saurora.org. Jay Vitale

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Jennifer Grinberg
47 months ago

Blessed Christmas Alexa, little Stevie & Juliana...love your Sittoo. Danielle, please give my grandchildren hugs & kisses from me. Love mom

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Doreen McCready
48 months ago

I would like to see if I'm a match for your son !! I can be reached at babydee89@gmail.com

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Beth Goodman
48 months ago

Your contact button doesn't seem to work.

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Shannon McKechnie
48 months ago

I have a 6 year old daughter and I would be devastated if this was happening to her. How do I go about donating bone marrow to your son if I'm a match?

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Shannon McKechnie
48 months ago

I have a 6 year old daughter and I would be devastated if this was happening to her. How do I go about donating bone marrow to your son if I'm a match?

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Destiny Kruse
48 months ago

I don't have any money but I had read on Huffington Post that you had planned on going to Disneyworld. I have a lot of Marriott reward points and I' d feel privileged to help you out in the only way I unfortunately can at the moment.

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Destiny Kruse
48 months ago

I don't have any money but I had read on Huffington Post that you had planned on going to Disneyworld. I have a lot of Marriott reward points and I' d feel privileged to help you out in the only way I unfortunately can at the moment.

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Melissa Weir
48 months ago

Learn more about Steven and how to help by watching this video: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1993119383001/

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Eddie Fatula Sammartino
48 months ago

How would I go about to see if I am a match for this young man? I tried sending a message but it wouldnt let me go through. (theheckmanfamily)

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