Two-year-old terminally ill Oliver De Borde from Ocala, Florida and his family just got back from the vacation of a lifetime. They traveled to Tennessee for a Make-A-Wish trip. The family had their luggage and the stroller shared by Oliver and his baby brother stolen.
Oliver was born with a birth defect that caused him to only develop half of his heart. His condition is terminal. Oliver’s doctors didn’t think he’d live to see his first birthday. The Make-A-Wish trip was something the family wanted to scratch off of Oliver’s bucket list, according to Fox13 News.
Because of Oliver’s condition, his mother packed extra clothing for the trip in case of an emergency. Someone broke into the family’s minivan while they were staying overnight at a Ramada by Wyndham off the interstate in Macon, Georgia.
“For something like that to happen to us on a trip specifically made for us to make as many memories as possible, it hurt, but we grow from it,” Oliver’s father, Justin De Borde said.
“I couldn’t believe it. We had a very nice trip, got a lot of souvenirs, and on the way back we had everything stolen,” Beth Stimson, Oliver’s mother said.
Many of the families belongings were stolen, including Oliver’s baby clothes. The family doesn’t know how much more time they’ll get with Oliver. They cherish every moment they have with him. The clothes that were stolen have special meaning to the family.
“It hurts because of what it will cost to replace the clothes, but because of his condition, everything of his is special to me,” Stimson said. “For example, maybe he wore an outfit for the fourth of July. I remember that outfit for the rest of my life. I have photos of him in it. So, a lot of his clothes have more sentimental value.”
The family reported the incident to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, but security video of the parking lot did not capture a clear view of the theft and thefts are common at the hotels along the heavily traveled corridor, according to The Courier-Tribune.
Oliver’s parents set up a GoFundMe account to try and raise the $800 estimated will take to replace the stolen items. The campaign had raised $820 as of Wednesday evening.