The parents of Sophia Myers, a 7-year-old Ocean Springs girl suffering from terminal cancer, woke up Monday morning to discover someone had broken into their cars and stole cash, headphones and other items, including gift cards donated to the family to help with expenses.
“What else could happen?” Sophia’s father, Josh Myers, said Monday. “It’s really getting to be too much. We didn’t even go to bed until late.”
Josh Myers said he saw a dollar bill on the ground by his car but didn’t think anything of it when he first went to get in to head to Chick-fil-A to pick up breakfast for Sophia.
When he got in, he realized someone had rummaged through his car and stole cash, credit cards and other items, including a waterproof computer case.
Sophia’s mother, Angel Myers, also checked her car and learned someone had broken into it as well and stole various items, including restaurant gift cards given to the family to help with expenses as well as some of Sophia’s medication and even Sophia’s wallet that had a little cash in it from a relative.
Other items were likely taken, Josh Myers said, but they aren’t sure yet.
In February, doctors found a mass on Sophia’s brain that was later diagnosed as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, known as DIPG. The tumor forms on the pons of the brain and spreads. The cancer is inoperable and the prognosis is terminal.
Since then, South Mississippi residents have rallied around Josh and Angel Myers to help them with expenses. Sophia has been undergoing treatment at an Atlanta hospital.
The family reported the burglaries to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
Josh Myers called the incident “discouraging.”
Despite what happened, Angel Myers had this to say to whoever was responsible: “I hope their life changes and they come to make better decisions.”
The family also offered thanks to all who have reached out to them since Sophia’s diagnosis.
“Our family thanks everybody for the prayers, the support and the love and kindness shown to us,” Angel Myers said. “We will never be able to say thanks enough.”
To help the family, donations can be made to their GoFundMe account to the Sophia Myers Benefit Bank Account at any branch of Coast Community Bank.
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Donations to help the Myers family with expenses can be made through the family’s GoFundMe.com account.