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Donors step up to help after man's truck is stolen while caring for his sick son

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A father's truck targeted while he cares for his sick son.

It's been a week since the car was stolen from Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital parking garage and still no sign of the vehicle.

"He's been in there close to four months since January," said Mike Trower. "Six weeks here, maybe a month there, two weeks here."

Mike Trower says it's been a rough year, traveling back and forth from Louisiana, Missouri to St. Louis so his 13-year-old son, Braden, could seek treatment.

The teen is battling Crohn's and Colitis disease.

Trower told News 4 while he was by his son's bedside last Wednesday, someone stole his 1993 Chevrolet CK-1500 pick-up truck from out of the hospital's parking garage.

"It was my life and it had all the tools I've collected over the years," said Trower. "It's going to take me forever to replace that."

Trower said there is surveillance footage, but it doesn't reveal much.

News 4 asked the hospital for a copy but they declined.

Trower said he parked his pickup in an inconvenient spot for cameras to catch the thief.

"There's a wall where it goes downstairs to the basement and the wall was blocking it," said Trower.

After hearing about what happened, Cardinal Buick GMC in Belleville put Trower in a 1998 GMC pick-up truck for free.

"Michael was going through a tough time, to begin with, and for this to happen, we just felt compelled to get in touch with him," said Cardinal Buick GMC Operations Manager Leonard Hernandez.

A GoFundMe page started by a family friend has raised close to $3,000 to help Trower replace his stolen tools.

"Sometimes, thank you just isn't enough," said Trower. "People are just so generous I'm just happy and so fortunate."

Despite the donations, Trower would still like to see his truck parked outside his home again someday.

He's hopeful someone will help make this happen.

"At least keep an eye for it, because I would like to have it back," said Trower.

News 4 reached out SSM Health, they released the following statement: 

"At SSM Health, the safety and security of our patients, visitors and staff are our top priority. Upon learning of the situation, we immediately increased patrols and are actively cooperating with authorities on the vehicle's recovery."

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