MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As if a 2-year-old son undergoing chemo therapy for a rare type of brain cancer isn’t enough for a North Dakota family to go through, now they are recovering from someone stealing their truck.

A thief their black 2005 model Dodge truck from the Ronald McDonald House parking lot in Minneapolis. In addition to hundreds of dollars in valuables, one thing the thief took can’t be replaced: a book holding all the child’s medical documents.

Mark Asmundson, the boy’s father, said the book contained his son’s chemo schedule, records and his doctors’ phone numbers.

“All the important stuff,” he said.

The family got into the cities from North Dakota Sunday night and woke up Monday morning to find their truck missing.

Asmundson’s son was diagnosed with brain cancer less than three months ago.

“[Doctors] found a 5-centimeter by 5-centimeter tumor,” Asmundson said.

Since then the boy has stayed at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital for all but 10 days.

“Four of those days we were on the road, but even on the road, knowing you’re going home is just about as good,” Asmundson said.

The family came back to the Twin Cities for his son’s third round of chemo on Sunday night. When they came out in the morning, there was no car.

“It was quite a shock to see a different vehicle there,” Asmundson said. “But then your brain goes into the mode: I still have a kid to get to chemo in 15 minutes.”

Asmundson said it shocked him to find his car stolen, but he said it was minor compared to the other unexpected turns life has thrown at him this year.

“It’s disappointing to get your car stolen, but it’s hard to be that negative when you’re surrounded by this many good people,” Asmundson said.

Asmundson filed a police report with the Minneapolis Police Department, but nothing has yet turned up.

The Ronald McDonald House said this is the first car theft on their property in the 32 years they’ve been there.

Asmundson’s insurance company said that in the event the truck doesn’t turn up, his policy will replace the value of the truck. However, it won’t replace any of the other stolen items.

Comments (3)
  1. Amy Koeppe says:

    How awful for this family, we too have been staying at this Ronald McDonald house and to hear this news was heartbreaking! To steal from someone is horrible but to steal from someone that already has their lives turned upside down and is battling something this awful is disgusting!

  2. Obvious Joe says:

    Damn that su<ks! Hopefully the dbag who took it will have a conscience and return it or get caught and become bubba bltch for it. My thoughts and prayers with the family for the return of the van and for the boys health.

    Hey WCCO: Why haven't you posted the license plate of the van? I'm sure either the family knows it or law enforcement can get it since its obviously has been signed as a stolen van. Whats the matter? Too much work to get the license plate info?? That wasn't one of the 4Ws covered in cub-reporting school?? \/\/TF?

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      @Obvious Joe
      I couldn’t agree with you more. WCCO is becoming a pretty faced rookie journalism lab where the 5-W’s {who, what, when, where, & why} get fractured in the news gathering process. Basic Journalism 101 and basic news research suffers with the new cyber-space cub reporters appearing in the broadcast media.

      Too bad the stolen truck’s license plate number couldn’t be released so the brigands could be caught faster. These thieves, like most criminals today, lack the class and panache of the great thieves of the past. There are some places that you don’t rip off. The Ronald McDonald House is one of those neutral ground places besides places of worship etcetera that are not touched.

      If the truck plate numbers get released to the public and I come across that truck, Heaven help those ‘terrorists’ who stole it. Besides calling the local constabulary[law enforcement]. Then, I’m calling every news outlet in town to cover the arrest and subsequent interviews. Let’s see if the media can get this story straight. I want to know why they crooks stole from a family who are hurting with more serious problems than we can fathom.

      If justice prevails, solitary confinement for a long while might be beneficial to these crooks. Time to think about mistakes is in order.