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article imageThief steals young boy's surgery money at fundraiser

By Kim I. Hartman     Nov 28, 2010 in Crime
New York - The family of a 9-year-old boy who suffers from a rare congenital disorder are still shocked over the the news that a heartless thief stole their son's surgery money, that was recently collected at a Connecticut fundraiser.
Aidan is a 9 year old boy who was born with Hemifacial Microsoma. Hemifacial microsoma is a congential disorder that effects development of the lower half of the face, most commonly the ears, mouth and mandible.
Over the past 9 years, he has required many surgeries that have reconstructed the underveloped side of his head and face affected by the birth defect.
“I want to look normal,” Aidan told a reporter.
“He came to Tim and I and he said, ‘Mommy and daddy, I want an ear’,” Colleen Sullivan told MyFoxNY.
The life changing surgery, to begin his ear reconstruction journey, was scheduled for next March. This will consist of multiple surgeries, skin grafts and procedures to form his missing ear. The family was unsure how they'd pay for the expensive procedure, which is not covered by the family's medical coverage because the boy's doctors do not take insurance.
That's when Colleen and her husband Tim, who works as a New York City firefighter, organized a fundraiser for their son at an Irish cultural center in Danbury, Connecticut, reported the Irish Central.
The parents were shocked that night to find that a thief snatched Aidan’s proceeds of $8,000 in cash and checks.
“I was devastated, I’ve done a lot of crying. I’m very angry,” said Colleen Sullivan.
“I just feel terrible that somebody would take money from a kid, especially my kid, but any kid,” Timothy Sullivan said
The family set up a page on Facebook to call attention to the young boys plight and to tell the story of the theft of the donated monies and began to make the circuit of interviews from news media who were taken by the boy's fighting spirit. People around the world expressed outrage over the theft.
Then on Friday, the day after a Thanksgiving Day story detailed their loss, they received a telephone call from Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn, a volunteer with the Vincent Crotty Memorial Foundation, informing them that he, along with Vincent Crotty's father, Peter, would deliver a check to cover the loss, reported AOL news.
While the stolen monies have been returned, this just a small portion of what is needed to give Aidan an ear and establish some normalcy to his face and head. The families Facebook page offers information on a bank trust that has been established for those who are interesting in donating.
Young Aidan, who is managing the theft of his funds in his own way, had a message for the thief, proving he wasn't going to let anyone steal his feisty spirit. He warned the thief: "I'm going to kick your butt!"
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