ASHLAND, OH (WOIO) - Michael Hennes says his son, Mikey Jr., is the love of his life. The 9-year-old Ashland boy has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
"We give him the same amount of love, it just takes a little more work," said Hennes.
For the past few months, Mikey's family has been trying to raise $17,000 to install a wheelchair ramp conversion for their van, making it more comfortable and easier for Mikey to get in and out of the vehicle.
But last Friday, surveillance cameras captured a man stealing from Mikey's donation jar at Riley's Nightclub in downtown Ashland. The man walked up to the bar and boldly took the money as a bartender walked away.
"It clearly says, 'donations' on the jar, so he knew that he was taking from somebody less fortunate and that's more painful than hurt," explains Hennes.
Hennes says it sickens him, especially since he knows the man and even gave him a ride home that same night, not knowing he stole from his son's donations.
Hennes says he's grateful for the community that's helped his family work towards their goal, but saddened by the selfish person who helped himself to donations for a disabled child.
"I couldn't sleep at night if I were going to take from anyone, let alone a disabled child. My family, we forgive you, like I said. But we can't, you know -- I don't know how you can sleep at night," says Hennes.
The bar owners filed a police report after the theft. Detectives have the suspect's name and plan on charging him.