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Long Island Family Struggling To Survive And Treat Sick Son After Sandy

Water line at the Heckman's home after Sandy (credit: Danielle Heckman)

Water line at the Heckman’s home after Sandy (credit: Danielle Heckman)

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AMITY HARBOR, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - It’s been a very difficult year for the Heckman family on Long Island and, because of Sandy, things are even worse.

WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall On The Story

Because of the cost of caring for their 6-year old son Steven, who was diagnosed last year with leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments, the Heckmans had to move into a relative’s home in Amity Harbor.

Then Sandy hit and their home, furniture, clothing and children’s toys were destroyed.

Now Danielle Heckman, her husband and their three children, including little Steven, are all living in a friend’s apartment.

“My husband, myself and my three children are sharing a queen size air mattress,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall. “We definitely need a ton of prayers.”

You can help the family rebuild by going here and making a donation.

But even though Danielle is going through so much right now and needs to rebuild her home, she is also thinking about others and urges people to get registered with the DKMS bone marrow registry center.

LINK: DKMS Americas | Rebuild The Heckmans

“We can send them the cheek swab to their house,” said Alina Suprnova from DKMS.