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A Sandy-Affected Family In Need And How You Can Help

By Rebekah Kuschmider |

We interrupt our usual baby conversation to talk about a family in the Rockaway section of Queens, NY. Mom Chrissie, Dad Matt, and Katie, Mikey, and Timmy are a family who was living in Rockaway until last week when Sandy destroyed their home. The five of them have lost nearly everything and are struggling to rebuild their lives.

Did I mention that they are also struggling against childhood cancer? That’s right. Mikey is a brain cancer survivor undergoing treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

I became acquainted with this family through a friend of mine whose daughter is also a patient at Sloan. I’ve been hearing about Mikey’s ups and downs for a couple of years and I’ve been rooting for him to beat cancer all along the way. So, when my friend told me about what happened to the family last week? I had to do something. I took to my social media channels to set up a fundraiser for them and hopefully to shed some light on the destruction in Rockaway. I know the moms of the social media world can pull off amazing feats of assistance when families need help. I hope I never need help like this but if I do, I hope someone would give me a hand up, too.

You can read more at my personal blog. You can also find resources to help other Sandy-affected families at Joslyn Gray’s great Strollerderby post from this weekend.

Read more from Rebekah at Mom-in-a-Million, The DC MomsThe Broad Side Follow Rebekah on Facebook and Twitter too!

Photo credit: Chrissie Lograno-Weinstein

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Rebekah Kuschmider

Rebekah Kuschmider is a writer and mother with an over-developed sense of irreverence, who has socialist tendencies and a blog. She lives with her husband and two kids outside of Washington, DC. You can read her work regularly at Stay At Home Pundit and The Broad Side. Her work has also been seen at Salon, Redbook, and The Huffington Post. Read bio and latest posts → Read Rebekah Kuschmider's latest posts →

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