Las Vegas Porch Pirate Seen Stealing 14-Year-Old Boy's Rare Cancer Meds
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
February 13, 2019
Police in Las Vegas say they're looking for a porch pirate who allegedly stole a 14-year-old boy's life-saving cancer medication right off the family's front porch.
Gage Haynes was diagnosed with Systemic Mastocytosis when he was only 6 months old and takes eight Ryedapt pills every day for it.
"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," Gage told KLAS-TV.
But the family's security camera caught images of a porch pirate scooping up Gage's medication from the family's front porch last week, leaving the 14-year-old without his medication.
"Once I realized that it was my son's medication, then I got upset," Haynes' mom, Stacey Shavinsky said. "You're not just taking pants or a shirt, you're taking something that's keeping someone alive."
The Haynes say they don't want attention, just the medication back. Ryedapt costs the family $40,000 per month because it's not FDA approved for anyone under the age of 18.
"It really helps me out a lot. I would feel a lot better, so I can go to school, get good grades, get a job, so just please return it," Gage said.
The family is hoping someone will recognize the alleged thief spotted in the video and will come forward to police to help identify him. Gage's mom is also working with a pharmaceutical company to get assistance for her son.