Tommy's Place, Vacation Home For Kids Battling Cancer, Opening In Falmouth


Photo: Courtesy of Blind Fox Art

FALMOUTH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Tommy's Place, a vacation home for kids battling cancer in Falmouth, is set to welcome its first visitors next month.

The home has 11 bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a music room, a game room, a basketball court, and a pool.

Founder Tim O'Connell said on the Tommy's Place website that the home is dedicated in memory of Grifyn Sawyer, an 8-year-old boy O'Connell donated a "dream Martha's Vineyard vacation" to not too long ago.

"Sadly, Grifyn passed away shortly after his visit to Martha's Vineyard," O'Connell said. "That experience touched me so deeply that it is now my goal to share his story and memory with many more kids and their families fighting childhood cancer through the opening of a dream vacation home for kids battling cancer."

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O'Connell told WBZ NewsRadio the mission of the vacation home is to "put a smile on a kid's face, and then make this a nice comfortable place where the mom and just exhale."

Local artists, like Blind Fox artist Erica Hagler, have donated murals to bring some color to the vacation home.

"[The kids have] been stuck in these hospital walls that are all one color and it’s very dreary. When you go into Tommy’s Place, it’s supposed to spark the imagination,” Hagler said.

“I’m so grateful. These artists, they didn’t have to do it," O'Connell said. "[Hagler] asked me yesterday, 'Can I sign it?' I said 'You better sign it.'"

You can find out how to donate to Tommy's Place by clicking here.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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