Community comes together for Little Andy

Apr 04, 2013
Artwork by: Andy's aunt Hanji Chang

Lincolnville — Three-year old Andy O’Brien wasn’t acting quite right at childcare one day in mid-February and his head hurt. Soon he was taken to the hospital and quickly diagnosed with a fast growing brain tumor.


Life changed that day for young Andy’s family — Ed and Tracee O’Brien, two siblings, grandparents and many other relatives and friends. Individual and prayer chains as well as positive energy were relayed to the extended family as word got out and the community responded.


A successful surgery was completed quickly in Boston and now six months of chemotherapy has begun in Portland.


The Masons of King David's Lodge in Lincolnville have organized a fundraiser for the O'Brien family. Saturday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., a meat and vegetarian lasagna supper with salad, Italian bread, pies and dessert will take place at Lincolnville Central School on Route 235. From Lincolnville Center, take Route 52 a quarter mile from Petunia Pump. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children younger than 12 and $20 per family.

If you are unable to attend and would like to help, check donations or gas/gift cards can be sent to Edward and Tracee O’Brien, 537 Slab City Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849.


The Masons are providing the food but are asking for donations of dessert. Delivery time for desserts is 3 to 4 p.m. at Lincolnville Central School, Saturday, April 13. If you can bring a dessert, please call or email Jackie Watts so she can keep track of what's coming.


Future fundraisers are anticipated during the family’s long ordeal. If you have ideas for fundraisers, contact Jackie Watts at 763-4504 or Also, a friend has organized meals for Ed and Tracee; this website allows people to sign up on a schedule:


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