This is disgraceful. A purse was stolen from a family on a Make-A-Wish trip with their son, who is handicapped.
7-year-old Ryan DeFillippo, who has spina bifida and hydrocephalous, is getting ready to undergo a significant surgery in a few weeks.
DeFillippo and his family live outside of Detroit, however last week Make-A-Wish Michigan sent the DeFillippo family on a trip. In the midst of their holiday, the fun stopped.
“I was heartbroken and didn’t know what to think the moment.”Stacy DeFillippo, Ryan’s Mother via WESH 2
DeFillippo said during a visit to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the family got on one of the roller coasters and put her purse in a locker where riders are told to store loose articles.
Ryan’s mother said when she got off the ride, her purse didn’t feel right and saw that it had been unzipped. Stacy DeFillippo quickly realised her wallet with the Make-A-Wish debt card and $500 dollars in her own cash that she’d saved for the trip had gone.
“I couldn’t believe not only that someone would steal but they stole from a handicapped [child].”Stacy DeFillippo, Ryan’s Mother via WESH 2
Ryan’s mother reported the theft and said the workers at Universal were kind and helpful, and even got them a free meal. She doesn’t blame Universal and said it was not their job to watch her purse.
DeFillippo said Make-A-Wish was able to cancel the debit card and hot her family some more cash that same day. Ryan’s mother said the family lost almost a full day of the trip dealing with the theft.
“It took away the innocence of the trip, the carefree nature of the trip.”Stacy DeFillippo, Ryan’s Mother via WESH 2
As for the incredibly strong 7-year-old Ryan, his mother revealed he’s a happy kid and even a thief couldn’t steal his joy.
Source: WESH 2