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Family pleads for disabled teen's stolen tricycle to be returned

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By: Samantha Lavien
Twitter: @samanthalavien

A $7,000 specialized tricycle was stolen from a disabled teen in Providence battling numerous serious medical conditions. Now, the family is speaking out, pleading for the public to help find it.

"It was made for Wayne for his mobility, his legs, he doesn't have to move his hands too much. I would push, but he would get the muscle tone for his legs to get stronger,” said Wayne’s mom Donna Thompson.

The customized bike was donated to 17-year-old Wayne Thompson three years ago, but he's been unable to ride it because he’s been too sick. He was finally going to get the opportunity this week when it was stolen from his aunt’s house on Monday.

"I like it and I feel like it's a nice color and when my mom told me it was stolen I felt really kind of sad,” said Wayne Thompson.

"To see that he wants to ride a bike, wants to do normal things like normal kids that is a big deal to us. That's a milestone. He really and truly is one of those kids that you're just like happy that he can do the little things,” said Donna Thompson.

In his short life Wayne has undergone numerous brain surgeries. His mom says doctors didn't think he'd live to the age of one, but he's pulled through. Over the past few years Wayne has been looking forward to riding this bike, now he’s just hoping someone will return it.

"It's very heartbreaking because it's just like they're preying on this little kid. And I just think that if anybody knew the struggle's about the bike and everything that Wayne has been through.. I really and truly don't understand,” said Donna Thompson.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

If you'd like to donate, the family has set up a P.O. Box. You can mail donations to:
Wayne Thompson/To the care of Donna Thompson
P.O. Box 14642
East Providence, RI 02914.


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