Porch pirate steals 14-year-old boy’s chemotherapy medicine

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If you’ve ever had a package stolen from your front porch, you know how frustrating it is.

But what if that package contained chemotherapy medication and would cost more than a luxury car to replace?

Fourteen-year-old Gage Haynes takes eight Reydapt pills every day.

"I have Systemic Mastocytosis. It's a rare form of cancer and it’s just been happening my whole life, so I'm used to it. Now, we've finally found a way to help it. My whole life there's really been nothing,” he said.

Haynes was diagnosed when he was 6-months-old. He’s been in and out of the hospital since then.

"I always tell him that this is our journey. We are on this road for a reason,” Gage’s mother Stacey Shavinsky said.

This week, a man with an orange in one hand and a soda can in the other nonchalantly stole two packages from Shavinsky’s front door.

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"Once I realized that it was my son’s medication, then I got upset," she said.

That box came with a hefty price tag.

"I worked really hard to try and get him that. I did some financial assistance because the medication costs $40,000 a month because it's not FDA approved for anybody under the age of 18,” Shavinsky said.

"It really helps me out a lot. I would feel a lot better, so I can go to school, get good grades, get a good job, so just please return it,” Haynes said.

They just want back what’s rightfully theirs.

“You're not just taking a pair of pants or a shirt, you're taking something that's keeping someone alive,” Shavinsky said.

Shavinsky is working with the pharmaceutical company to get some help.