'My heart dropped': Family's car stolen while son battles cancer
CLACKAMAS, Ore. (KATU) - A Clackamas family says their car was stolen from outside of their apartment - and to make things worse, they've been using it to help their 16-year-old son get treatment for cancer.
Their white 2016 Hyundai Tucson with Oregon plates 218KAH was stolen Sunday night.
“We got it after our son was diagnosed with cancer," Gayle Lancaster explained. "He had limb salvage surgery so we needed something big enough to get in and out of without being in pain."
Her son, Corey, has an incurable form of bone cancer.
“It’s been really tough on everybody. It’s a major change, and he’s been through so much. The diagnosis itself was gut-dropping but he’s been doing amazing,” Lancaster said.
Over the last year, Corey has undergone months of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries to save his leg.
“They saved his leg, but he has internal prosthesis. Everything is new to him,” Lancaster explained.
Now they're just trying to stay positive despite mounting hospital bills - and a stolen car.
“Ever since his surgery, it has just been complication after complication. It’s hard, trust me, it’s really hard,” Lancaster said.
“If it’s for your kids, you do what you have to do. To have someone come up and take it like that... it's wrong,” Corey's father Brian Gleason said of the car theft.