What we do…
Andrew’s Helpful Hands directly pays mortgages/rental payment for families that have a child with cancer going through Bone Marrow Transplant. We allow parents to focus 100 % on what is important, their child. Relieving the families from remembering to pay their bill or how they are going to pay their bill. The process of going through a Bone Marrow Transplant has many facades. If a donor is needed, we help you organize a Bone Marrow Drive. If finances are needed, we help you with fundraisers, benefits, raffles, etc. If you just need a helping hand, give us a call because whatever you need during this period, we are here to be helpful. You can contact Zenaide Swenson at 978-375-3704 or at Zenaide.Swenson@andrewshelpfulhands.org
Why we started…
On the sixth floor in Boston, a child sleeps, isolated by glass. Controlled to be pure, controlled for a life full of health. Hope filled eyes wanting to go home awaken to an oversized bag filled to the top with unwrapped presents. He looks at his mom and says, “These are too many for me. Can I give some to other kids in here?”
The child was a 5-year-old boy named Andrew Swenson, who was in Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Boston. His dream in life was always to make others happy.
Because of this desire to always help others, his uncle, John Sousa, started a organization called “Andrew’s Helpful Hands “.
The AHH’s logo is Andrew’s handprint. This came about during transplant when he had GVHD (Graft vs. Host Disease). The disease had caused a burn over most of his body.
Sending “handmade High 5” postcards was a wonderful distraction and a way to stay connected with everyone who would send a get well card, well wishes, or new “neighbors on our street” (we called the hospital rooms and hallways our neighborhood).