KSDK - A local firefighter who spent decades battling blazes is now battling cancer. To make matters worse, his family's only form a transportation, a 2000 Chevy Silverado used to go to and from the hospital, was stolen earlier this week.
“It's a hardship on my poor wife, who's trying to keep me going and make sure I got clean clothes and take care of me. It's definitely hard on her,” said Bob Abell.
Abell, who was a St. Louis City Firefighter for 24 years, was diagnosed with CNA Lymphoma, a rare form of brain cancer, in April.
Late Thursday night or Friday morning, Abell said someone stole the truck, which was parked outside of their home in South St. Louis City. It was a financial and emotion blow that the family was not expecting, on top of their medical bills.
“It's terrible to wish on anybody,” said Bob’s wife, Tina Abell. “People have to go to work, they have kids. It's an expense we didn't expect, on top of everything else.”
There is a GoFundMe account that was launched to help pay for medical expenses. Some of the donations may now go toward a new truck so Bob and his family can make it to his treatments.
After seeing this story, the Anything For A Friend (AFAF) Foundation donated $2,500 to Bob and his family.