You may see the new “Tommy’s Place Cookbook” around town, at a few local restaurants and stores, including Eight Cousins on Main Street in Falmouth. How did it come about, this collection of recipes that is dedicated “to all the children and families who have already visited Tommy’s Place, as well as to all those who may visit in the future?”

I asked Tim O’Connell, a resident of Quincy and Falmouth, about the nonprofit organization that he established in 2018. “It started in 2007, when I had a vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard that was available due to a cancellation,” he explained. “I decided to offer it to a family that had a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer. After seeing the smiles on the faces of all the family members, since then, my mission has been to give these kids and their families a safe and private respite to relax, make memories, and, most importantly, to have fun during the most challenging time in their lives.”

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