Heartless Or Desperate? Woman Wanted For Stealing From Child’s Cancer Charity

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The hunt is on for a heartless thief on Staten Island that robbed a man trying to raise money for a 5-year-old boy suffering from a rare form of cancer.

On Monday the boy’s family spoke out, hoping the crime will bring awareness to children’s cancer research.

Mikey Weinstein is a little bundle of enthusiasm you can’t help but fall in love with, reports CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez. Mikey’s energy is remarkable considering he’s suffering from a rare form of cancer which is coating his brain and spine with cancerous tumors.

His mother Christine Lograno-Weinstein said Mikey’s symptoms are debilitating.

“He has occasional hand tremors. He fatigues easily.” Lograno-Weinstein said.

A volunteer on Staten Island wanted to raise money for cancer research in Mikey’s name. He set up a table outside a home in Dongen Hills, giving away toys for donations, and had left the table for just a few minutes when a heartless thief came along.

“There was woman loading the bags, toys and a jug, with my son’s picture, all about how it was going to help kids with cancer,” Lograno-Weinstein said.

No one person got a good look at the woman. She sped away with an undetermined amount of cash that would have gone to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for children’s cancer research.

“I know she must have been desperate. And I do feel for her. But who knows if that money would have gone to the doctor that would have saved my kid,” Lograno-Weinstein said.

The Weinsteins said they’ll focus on the positives for now. Mikey gets chemotherapy once a week and his last visit showed positive signs the treatment was working.

“There’s hope there. There absolutely is. We’re expecting miracles,” Lograno-Weinstein said.

And hoping continued research will soon find a cure.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised more than $26 million for children’s cancer research this year.

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  1. Devenio says:

    Great way to call attention to your plight. Someone stole all the money and toys. No one got a look at her. No one saw the cars plates.

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  3. Siobhan says:

    Here’s where you can go to donate to St. Baldricks in Mikey’s honnor


    1. lydiass says:

      Yes seen video on another channel and yes she is black.But that does not matter crime is crime and this woman should get life sentence for doing such a horrific thing may her kids all get a form of cancer and lets see if she regrets this.
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  4. Nec says:


    1. Devenio says:

      It was your mother Nec. Trash that she is.

  5. Marc McCarthy says:

    Because of amazing supporters like Christine, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is able to fund the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. St. Baldrick’s currently funds more in children’s cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government – granting more than $21 million this fiscal year.

  6. Dawn Brady says:

    Chrissie..this brought tears to my eyes!!!
    It is a true testament to the amazing family you all are that you forgive the women for her desperate act. We will see you on the 17th my friend

    1. chrissie says:

      ❤ you Dawn

  7. Sherry says:

    St. Jude’s Mission statement:

    The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

    1. Sherry says:

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  8. Sherry says:

    Dunno if this would be an option for you, but if you haven’t heard of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. They help families with children who have cancer. Ran by donations, this gives families a huge financial break. I believe St. Jude covers all costs…there should be NO medical costs, at least. Here’s their link, I’d suggest checking it out if you haven’t heard of St. Jude’s.

  9. BIG ROB! says:

    You are both idiots and both wrong.

    1. Watch other stations says:

      Yes seen video on another channel and yes she is black.But that does not matter crime is crime and this woman should get life sentence for doing such a horrific thing may her kids all get a form of cancer and lets see if she regrets this.

      1. Vanessa says:

        You are incorrect, here is the link to the article in the SI Advance in which the man who was raising the money is quoted as saying she is caucasian.


  10. Anne DeMello Murray says:

    FYI race has nothing to do with, but since you are so interested it was a WHITE woman!

  11. DanTe says:

    It’s Staten Island. Everyone there is a diseased defective. She probably has one she needs to raise money for too.

  12. Glenn says:

    I agree.

  13. kate says:

    I am so sorry .

  14. heatherfrom NC says:

    Heartless. My heart goes out to that little boy and his family. It breaks my heart this little innocent angel has to deal with this. My prayers to him and his family.

    My father died from cancer. I can’t imagine watching your child go through it. Be strong.

  15. LG says:

    only in staten island…

  16. Reverend Rev says:

    Heartless Or Desperate? I say ATTEMPTED MURDER. By stealing from a fund for research, she’s saying that she doesn’t want the research to happen, and therefore she WANTS cancer patients to die.

    1. Devenio says:

      Wow Rev. You are an idiot. How about stealing the money was saying my kids are starving because I loss my job. They haven’t eaten in a week and I fear they may die tonight if I don’t fed them.

  17. Azriel Leirza says:

    it is indeed sad … ill take that persons sentance in hell have no fear Tony Corazza …you judge that person who wronged a child …fine if thats your sentance for them ill serve it …judge not or let you br judged …blows softs sands from times beginging and wispers heal child heal…..

  18. Tony Corazza says:

    Heartless Or Desperate? I say heartless because the woman knew the money was to help a little boy with cancer. I know god says that we have no right to judge each other. But that woman deserves to be in hell when she dies for that act alone.

  19. Anne DeMello Murray says:

    If anyone would like to help Mikey please go to http://www.stbaldricks.org and make a donation in his name, Mikey W. Or you can volunteer or come to our fundraiser on September 17th at The Bungalow Bar in Rockaway, details can be found on the St.Baldric’s site.

  20. Chrissie Lograno-Weinstein says:

    Thank you so much again for covering our story!!
    Chrissie, Mikey & Family!

    1. heatherfrom NC says:

      You will all be in my prayers tonight.

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