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Van Stolen From Boy With Muscular Dystrophy

Damon Kaneakua Damon Kaneakua
Sophia Kaneakua Sophia Kaneakua
Waylin Ashley Waylin Ashley

By: Mari-Ela David

KANEOHE (KHNL) - A young boy on Oahu who has already struggled so much is dealt another setback.

A thief stole the van of a local Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The 10-year-old's family bought the van to help transport him around to school, his activities, including his MDA duties.

Just this past weekend, his mom says he was featured on the local Jerry Lewis Easter Seals MDA Telethon, so the loss of the van is a huge setback to his active lifestyle.

Damon Kaneakua has lost use of his upper arms and his upper legs to Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy.

Now, he's lost his prime source of mobility to thieves.

"I want my van back," Damon says.

Damon's family says they just bought the van three weeks ago.

"We actually got the van to carry my grandson around the place because we were using my husband's truck and it was kind of hard because you got to life him up from all the way to the bottom, all the way up but with the van all we had to do was slide him right in," says Damon's Grandma, Sophia Kaneakua.

Damon's mom, Waylin Ashley, parked the van on the 1900 block of Bingham Street. She was sleeping over at her cousin's place. When she woke up the next morning, the van was gone.

"They just took it. It's like how do you take someone's stuff? Something as big as that. It had a huge dent in it so it's like it wasn't the prettiest car. There's other nice cars than my van," says Ashley.

Damon's family says they don't care about nabbing whoever stole the van they just want the vehicle back.

The van is a white 2002 Dodge Caravan Sport, with the license plate number is MHY578.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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