DENVER — A little girl from Denver, who is fighting cancer, is hoping someone might be able to help her parents retrieve precious memories that were stolen.
Luciana Huizar, 9, was visiting Orlando, Fla., with her family last week thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Luciana loves dolphins and dreamed of one day being able to swim with them. Given her cancer diagnosis, Make-A-Wish made her dream come true.
But at the end of the family’s trip, mom and dad believe someone stole their cellphones. The phones carried most of the family’s memories, including Luciana’s.
“I don’t get what they’re going to get out of those phones. Those phones have so much more sentimental value to us,” said Glenda Huizar, the girl’s mother. “From when [Luciana] had her long hair to when she lost her hair."
For Luciana, it was especially difficult, knowing the phones contained special images of her and her grandmother.
“Because we’re both fighting cancer,” the girl said, choking back tears.
While Luciana’s cancer is curable, her grandmother’s is not. The two are very close.
“All we want are our memories back,” Glenda Huizar said.
Late in the day Sunday, the family received some good news: A cab driver discovered one of the cellphones and brought it back to their hotel.
The Huizars said they’re certain someone snatched their phones because they didn’t use a cab during the trip. They had a rental car. On top of that, their phones were with them as they loaded up to leave the hotel and the next moment they were gone.
The main image on their phones is of Luciana with a shaved head during a hospital visit. Her parents are hoping the person who took their phones saw the image and had a change of heart.
“That’s my baby girl in there,” Glenda Huizar said, pleading to the person or persons who took the phones. “To us, [the phones] of greater value."
The phones aren’t expensive like iPhones. Instead, they’re LG G Style phones from T-Mobile. The family reached out to the carrier to see if they can track the other phone down through GPS.