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Make-A-Wish volunteer attempts to make up for stolen wish

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(KMOV) -- DeAndre Gilmore, a 10-year-old with a life-threatening illness, says he was excited when he saw a limo come to his family's house in Cahokia to pick him up for a day of shopping.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted DeAndre's wish for a Wal-Mart shopping spree on October 9th.

The same limo dropped him off a few hours later as DeAndre and his family carried a tv, toys, and games into his house.

"I was happy," said DeAndre, who's family declined to disclose his illness.

Unfortunately, thieves may have seen the limo too because three weeks later DeAndre's mother says their home was burglarized. Most of the gifts DeAndre picked out at this shopping spree were taken.

"They took the time to unplug everything, the cable cords. I don't understand. It's ridiculous," said Aisha Delk, DeAndre's mom.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation could only grant the one wish, said a spokesperson for the Illinois chapter. However, a long-time metro-east volunteer, Victor Dorsey, is trying to organize a toy drive to help make up for the stolen wishes.

Dorsey, however, said nothing may make up for the emotional loss DeAndre endured.

"The foundation gives you a wish and that was taken away from him," said Dorsey. "You gotta have a heart."

Dorsey, who works at Scott Air Force Base and is a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc group, is collecting toys for DeAndre. You can contact him by email at:

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