To the Editor:
It warms my heart that in today’s world so many great people have come together in a community to help us out. It started April 13 when a 10-year-old boy (Dakota) was burned in a flash fire.
I have great respect for the first responders who got there in record time and took care of Dakota and Life Flight for taking him to Mass General and keeping in contact with me, knowing I had a four hour drive to get to Dakota.
The Sheriff’s department and first responders made sure I had money for the tolls and gas to get to Boston; I can not thank them enough.
Mass General Doctors and nurses immediately did surgery to save Dakota’s left hand and took very good care of my grandson until I could get there. A nurse was in contact with me on my drive down so that I would know what was going on.
All the doctors and nurses from Shriners Hospital have made us feel at home here and continue to do an awesome job taking care of not only Dakota, but me as well.
My co-workers have emailed me to let me know they care and the teachers from Jefferson Village School have kept in contact with me to make sure I don’t need anything.
Special thanks go out to Jefferson village eighth grade and Somerville eighth grade for helping with the benefit and who used their trip money to do a benefit supper for Dakota and his family. You all have a heart of gold.
Also, for the support I have gotten from the townspeople of Jefferson, the officers of Young Marines who have taken over my responsibilities so that I can focus on Dakota, I will never be able to thank you enough.
Last but not least many, many thanks to my daughter and other family members that have gone above and beyond what was asked of them so that I may stay with Dakota through this rough time in his life.
I can never thank any of you enough for all you have done for my family.
Rebecca Hanscom, Jefferson