Parents lose 3-year-old to cancer, then learn money for funeral was stolen

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  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    To: Go Big Blue - you are definitely right. The Lord loves his children, especially those sweet, innocent little ones. This story just made me sad and I cannot imagine what a terrible and heartbreaking loss this is to his parents and family. And the person who stole the money will be held accountable for that...I certainly wouldn't want to be in their shoes when they are caught. It's my prayer that the Lord's choicest blessings will be with this family in their great loss.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    JimInSLC -- thank you for a very fine post!

  • justthinkin salt lake, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    Maybe $450.00 was stolen but still has $12,000 and asking for $30,000. Does she now who took the money? Other media have stated she does.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    There's a problem when things like ACA are so closely woven into family tragedies that they really cannot be separate matters.

    Mike Lee and Ted Cruz will tell you we need to abolish ACA. How about introducing them to this family -- and a few hundred thousand others. (Oh, I forgot. These people are probably like me. Members of that awful 47%. Right. We don't count in the conservative scheme of things.)

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    The Lord works in mysterious ways. I'm not suggesting that the Lord had his hand in the theft of this money, but had this not happened would we have heard the story of little Dayton? As a result of this report the Team Dayton Fund will likely receive much more in donations than was stolen; Funds that I am sure are very much needed by the Neilsen's to help pay medical expenses.

    I try not to judge the person that stole the money too harshly. I don't know the circumstances that drove the person to commit the theft. I hope that one day they will see how wrong it is and are able to repent.

    May the Nielsen's find some comfort knowing that they will one day be with Dayton again. At that day the joy and love they feel will surpass the pain that they are now experiencing. May the Lord continue to bless this family.

    To those that had wanted to know how to donate, that information, and link, is provided at the bottom of the article.

  • hobblecreek ,
    Oct. 15, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    In condoning someone for bringing politics into the discussion, you then went on to do exactly the same, and then some. I guess it is ok if you are on the right side of the political spectrum? Humanity is Humanity and grief is grief. This is about a poor little child who will never reach their potential in this life time, and the parents who have to endure this devastating. There is so much kindess in the world and this family has and will still be the recipients of great generosity.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Unfortunately, whoever stole the money likely would not care about the pain they have caused or feel any need to give it back. Thieves rarely think about anyone but themselves.

    It is also unfortunate that people like Gary feel the need to inject politics into this story. It said nothing about medical insurance. Without knowing any details, it is pure speculation as to whether Obamacare would have helped this family, or made things worse.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 7:01 a.m.

    My condolences to this family. I hope that the thief learns the situation and has enough of a conscience to retun the money. Even though I am sure donations come in, I cannot imagine how violated she feels while trying to mourn for her loss.

    To Gary, I don't now why you feltl the need to inject politics into this sad situation, but how about all of the families who currently have insurance who are losing it or seeing their premiums double because of the ACA?. There are a lot of regulations in the ACA that are driving up the cost of health care. How exactly does taxing medical device make health care less expensive? Any law that adds no new doctors, forces people to buy coverage (maternity, substance abuse) nthey do not need, and adds 16, 000 IRS agents is not going to benefit most Americans.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    So how do we donate?

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    Who had access to her purse, to steal the $450?

  • Chesh1767 Jacksonville, FM
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    I don't think this has anything to do with ACA. Anyone, even those who have insurance coverage, still have expenses - copays, deductibles, some medications or procedures that may or may not be covered. Not to mention any expenses that may have been due to loss of employment, childcare and funeral expenses. I can attest that funerals/burial plots can be very expensive - even if they've been pre-paid.
    I don't know the family but the article did not mention insurance coverage. More than likely he was covered from birth on his parents' coverage, so this would no be considered a pre-existing condition. Please don't make this into something it's not.
    I'm very happy to see that the money stolen has been replaced by many donations which is certainly a blessing to the family.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:27 p.m.

    I like to believe there is a special place for this precious little boy in heaven. I also like to believe there is a totally different special place for the person that stole this money.

  • Gary Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 14, 2013 7:52 p.m.

    Am sorry to hear of this happening. The costs can be astronomical for such cancer patients. And it seems because this was a pre-existing condition of the child, insurance would not provide the coverage for this child/family? I wonder regarding the ACA, had it been available in time for this family would have made a difference financially because with ACA, insurance companies can no longer deny anyone due to pre-existing conditions? That's what ACA was developed for, to help families not fear going bankrupt from incidents like this with their children. God bless this family to make it through their ordeal.

    And whoever stole that money, I hope has a heart to bring that money back or realizes they won't be able to forget stealing the money until they make things right. Shame on that person!

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Oct. 14, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    To whomever stole the money, I hope you read about the added suffering you have heaped on this family. Do the right thing and give it back ... anonymously if you wish ... just do it.

    But just in case you don't, I'm going to go Wells Fargo and make my own donation.