West Seattle Crime Watch: Car thief steals cancer patient’s lifeline

Tina e-mailed to report her silver 1991 Subaru Legacy LS Wagon stolen from outside their home on 44th SW near Hinds (map). But there’s more to the story – as her husband writes:

To the person who stole our family’s 1991 Subaru station wagon (license plate # DP 02112), I want you to know something about us. I depend on my wife to drive now because an aggressive brain tumor that was discovered a few months ago left me more than 50% blind. The prognosis for this tumor is a 50% survival rate for six months to one year. We’ve been relying on the Subbie for transportation to my radiation and other medical appointments, and now for transportation for my elderly mother who just had a stroke and needs 24 hour custodial care. We can’t afford to buy a replacement because I’ve been 100% disabled since 1987 and my wife can’t work while providing 24 hour care for my mother. If you truly feel that you deserve and/or need our car more than we do, I’m so very sorry indeed.

The theft has been reported to police. MIDNIGHT UPDATE: KING 5 News picked up this story and talked with Tina, as well as one of the commenters – see their story here.

20 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Car thief steals cancer patient's lifeline"

  • gayle May 9, 2010 (8:47 pm)

    I’m sorry this has happened to you.

    I’m in West Seattle and am between jobs. I have a car and would be more than pleased to help you get thru this until your transportation challenges are solved. If I can help in any way, email me at justgayle@gmail.com


  • Mike May 9, 2010 (10:29 pm)

    God Bless Your Heart! Gayle if only more people in this world Had such a kind heart

  • Leroniusmonkfish May 10, 2010 (3:40 am)


    You are an angel. West Seattle and the WORLD needs more people like you.

    Mark W. Johnson

  • sophista-tiki May 10, 2010 (6:23 am)

    Sorry for your compounded situation. Sounds like your family could use a share care group. Freinds , neighbors and family that could rotate a schedule of driving, chores, errands and just general assistance.

  • t225 May 10, 2010 (9:06 am)

    I sincerely hope that they find your car in operable condition, this is definitely not what you needed to be dealing with right now. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Aim May 10, 2010 (9:51 am)

    Sign me up behind Gayle. If you need anything, email WSB and they’ll give you my contact info.
    My dad is currently battling Pancreatic Cancer, so I completely understand how scary and awful it is to go through such a devastating diagnosis. If there is ANYTHING you guys need, please say the word. Dinners, rides, errands, whatever. I’m happy to help in any way I can.
    Also, I know there’s a program through the American Cancer Society that will get you rides to chemo and radiation. Contact info:
    American Cancer Society Seattle Office
    2120 1st Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98109
    Phone: (206)283-1152

  • Mary May 10, 2010 (10:22 am)

    What color is the car? Do you have any pictures?

    Our car is also our lifeline. I hope we can find the car quickly and put the thieves behind bars.

  • KP May 10, 2010 (10:34 am)

    Maybe this is something that should go to the Komo People Helpers…??

    Anyone know how to get that going?

    I’m so sorry this happened to your family while you’re already battling so much.

    • WSB May 10, 2010 (10:51 am)

      KP, I’m pretty sure they disbanded People Helper some time back.

  • Chrissy May 10, 2010 (10:44 am)

    Bless all of you for your kindness. I hope they they get their car back. Our 91 Subaru Legacy was stolen near where theirs was stolen a couple of years ago. We got it back, it was abandoned in Issaquah undamaged. I hope they are as lucky. Cars make us feel more independent.

  • Celeste May 10, 2010 (12:04 pm)

    Try ask Jesse on King.

  • metrognome May 10, 2010 (1:11 pm)

    what a lousy thing to have happen!!!

    If you call 211, they can help you identify transportation (and other) resources specific to your situation (or online at http://www.resourcehouse.info/Win211/)

    Another possible resource is Senior Services Volunteer Transportation, which is free:
    Who is Eligible?
    ■Persons 60 years or older.
    ■Residents of King County.
    ■Persons able to transfer into a private vehicle with minimal assistance.
    ■Persons who cannot use other transportation options.

    How to Schedule a Ride:
    ■No forms to fill out – sign up over the phone.
    ■Call (206) 448-5740 or 1-800-282-5815 by Wednesday (or before!) for any rides the following week.
    ■Have all details of trip ready.
    ■Caregivers and/or family welcome with prior notice.
    ■All rides dependent upon driver availability.
    ■Scheduling hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

    Are you interested in becoming a volunteer driver?
    Do You…
    ■Like to drive?
    ■Own a car?
    ■Enjoy meeting new people?

    Volunteer Drivers:
    ■Provide rides using their own vehicles.
    ■Choose the days, times, and areas they wish to drive. (We’re flexible!)
    ■Receive reimbursement for mileage and parking costs.
    ■Receive supplemental liability insurance at no cost.
    ■Do no heavy lifting or bearing of weight.


  • EPL May 10, 2010 (1:49 pm)

    I’ll third that motion behind Gayle and Aim.

    Email WSB, they will send you my contact info.

    I live close to you as well and I’m available Tuesdays & Thursdays.


    There’s hope: My car was stolen from my driveway in Bellevue a few years ago. Cops told me they would eventually find it. They were right, it was found in Federal Way three weeks later. I’m still driving it today!

  • Francine May 10, 2010 (2:11 pm)

    How awful. Please pass on my contact info to Tina. I’m in North Admiral and could also help with rides from time to time until they find a better solution. My dear husband Mike succumbed to brain cancer November 2007. I can’t imagine what I would have done if I had been unable to take him to his medical appointments which were several times/week. There is a city program that transports disabled people; you get the form for eligibility from your doctor’s office:
    I hope they find your car.

  • Sea May 10, 2010 (3:51 pm)

    KOMO still helps people:

    • WSB May 10, 2010 (4:13 pm)

      Not the same thing. What was being referred to, was “People Helper” – the award-winning franchise they had for many years. (I worked there ’91-’99.) You’d send in some sad story of someone in desperate straits, and they’d find a way to get what the person needed. Brook Stanford was “the People Helper” for a long time; John Sharify picked it up for a few years.

  • Dale May 10, 2010 (5:20 pm)

    I want to thank WSB and blog readers for all the support you’ve shown and let you know that whether or not our Subbie is recovered, we should come out okay. My wife inherited a car several months ago from her mother who died of kidney cancer but it’s been stored since with a mechanical problem in the ignition. We hope to get it back on the road until we find out about our Subbie. I also want to express appreciation to our neighbors and volunteers from the American Cancer Society who provided rides to radiation therapy after my mother’s stroke.
    I also want to thank Commitment to Care for providing chemotherapy medication which we could not have never been able to afford without their

  • Tiara Andress May 11, 2010 (12:18 pm)

    Bless you all for helping or offering to help in this family’s time of need. Dale’s mom is my grandma’s best friend. I don’t live close to them and work full time and have two small children, so I’m truly grateful for everyone who has volunteered to help them. Thank you so much WSB, king 5, and my former/still wonderful west Seattle community!

  • anonymous May 12, 2010 (12:41 am)

    We all work hard, we all try to do what is best with the life we have….This story is so disturbing to me. What did these people do to deserve to have the one thing they have left that is dependable in their life ripped away? My first guess is that they did nothing. I am completely sickened. What a total scum of the earth to take something away from someone who is in need. I believe that we need to NOW and TODAY band together and support each other. People are good and we can support each other. Watch out for one another. Report unusual activities. Keep your lawns up and your eyes open. God bless this family on their journey….that is all I have to offer. I pray for you and your continued strenth.

  • A Friend May 12, 2010 (7:00 pm)

    There actually seems to be very few of us who would steal a car from a fellow traveler and among those who would, very few of them would choose one with disability license plates. What’s more normal is our willingness to help each other when in need and I think that’s worth keeping in perspective.

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