Young cancer patient’s home robbed while on Make-A-Wish vacation

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Burglars targeted the home of a Penn Hills, Pennsylvania mother and her daughter who were on a Make-A-Wish Foundation vacation this week.

Moneera Ogbomon and her daughter, Mena Small, 5, who suffers from skin cancer, were vacationing at Disney World when the burglary happened. They returned home Sunday night and found someone had broken in.

“Make-A-Wish did everything to let us know it was not all chemotherapy treatments out there. There’s joy in the world. We did that, and got home, and they robbed it away from us, again.”

Small was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and her mother said since then, there have been many trips to Children’s Hospital.

The thieves stole televisions and other electronics, police said. They also damaged the family car, which Ogbomon uses to take her daughter for medical treatment, police said.

“She was crying. She was just upset,” said Ogbomon. “Just, you know, totally upset. She just came back from her wonderful vacation.

Penn Hills police are investigating.

“I don’t know who would do something like this,” said Ogbomon. “We’ve just been through so much with Mena the last few years. I just don’t know who would do something like this.”