Porch pirate steals package meant for a little boy fighting leukemia

VIDEO: Porch pirate steals package meant for boy fighting leukemia

At just 7 years old, Bradley Lawson has been through more than his fair share of ups and downs. For the last year, he’s been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“He’s just taken it amazing. Everything we have to do - he’s so positive about, and he tries to be so happy and smile even though he’s not feeling good,” said mom Darla Lawson.

Even after seeing video of a porch pirate stealing his package Saturday night, Bradley is still maintaining a positive attitude.

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“So he was very understanding when he learned what happened to it. And he just said, OK mom, that’s OK. I understand,” Darla said.

“At least I have one,” added Bradley. He’s referring to a remote control truck, which is what was stolen the other night. He was looking forward to playing with the new one, a gift from family in California. He even chose an orange one since orange represents leukemia awareness.

At first, the family had no idea what was stolen. They get a lot of packages delivered to their Puyallup home because of Bradley’s compromised immune system.

“We didn’t know if it was food supplies, medicine and realized – oh, this was the RC truck that was meant for Bradley. Both my husband and I were immediately just devastated that, oh anything else, just not something for Bradley being taken,” said Darla.

He’s already gone through a year of treatment and still has two more years to go.

So what was in the box - you can’t put a price tag on.

“Something a normal boy who can just have fun playing with a toy and not having to worry about the scarier things in life,” explained Darla.

Darla is just glad it wasn’t his medication. But she is sharing what happened - not so the stolen toy can be replaced - but so that she can reach at least one person about the consequences of their actions.

“I’m just hoping that if someone is thinking of doing this and thinking it may not be that big of a deal, just think twice about who may be really needing that package,” she said. “It could be something very important to someone’s life.”

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for the thief. After they shared what happened on social media, someone in the community immediately dropped off a brand-new remote control truck. But instead of accepting it, Darla donated it to the Pierce County Sheriff’s upcoming holiday toy drive. Others have also reached out to replace Bradley’s toy, and she is also asking those folks to donate them instead.