A porch pirate stole two packages from the front door of a Nevada home hoping to get something valuable.

But the package was worth much more than monetary value. Home security video shows a man stealing a 14-year-old’s life-saving chemotherapy medicine that cost his family nearly $40,000 a month, reports KLAS.


Gage Haynes was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was six months old and he takes medication for systemic mastocytosis.

A new dose was delivered Thursday but then Haynes and his mom, Stacey Shavinky’s, realized the package was stolen from their front door.

Shavinky told the station:

“Once I realized that it was my sons medication, then I got upset. You’re not just taking pants or a shirt, you’re taking something that’s keeping someone alive.”

The 14-year-old said the medicine helps him get through his chemo and restore some sense of balance to his life.


Haynes recalled:

“It really helps me out a lot. I would feel a lot better, so I can go to school, get good grades, get a job. So just please return it.”

Shavinky is frustrated and overwhelmed with the package theft that contained a supply of very expensive pills.

She told KUTV:

“I worked really hard to try and get him that. I did financial assistance because it costs 40 thousand dollars a month because it’s not FDA approved for anyone under 18.”

She’s currently working with the insurance company to recover the loss of the Ryedapt pills he takes every day.


Haynes has been fighting systemic mastocytosis since he was a baby. He said:

“It’s a rare form of cancer and its just been happening my whole life so i’m used to it.

Now, we’ve finally found a way to help it. My whole life there’s really been nothing.”

The 14-year-old has a message for the person who stole his chemo meds:

“It really helps me out a lot. I would feel a lot better, so I can go to school, get good grades, get a job, so just please return it.”


He said he doesn’t care about the about the porch pirate, he’s just asking people to report the person who nonchalantly stole the packages because it’s threatening his life.

Watch the video below:

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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5 Replies to “‘Please Return It’: Video Shows Man Stealing a 14-Year-Old’s $40K Chemo Medication That’s Keeping Him Alive”

  • Pissed off Granny 1 year ago

    Porch Pirates piss me off when they take the smallest of things BUT this is HUGE. People have NO IDEA what’s in the box but they steal it anyway. They stole from a child. Not JUST a child but they stole his LIFE. This is horrible.The picture is a good picture SOMEONE knows this person.They need to turn him in. I hope he sees this story and is haunted by what he did…OH WAIT…he had no conscience to begin with if he was going to steal something that was not his.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Prosecuting or threatening to prosecute the thief will be counterproductive. Better to put out flyers requesting the thief put the boxes in some safe place and drop a note to the police department where it is.

  • Cindy 1 year ago

    He left his soda can. Get it tested for DNA!

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    please contact the Mastocytosis Society,,,they might be able to help

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    My husband’s chemo comes in the mail and they ask every time they call that they are about to ship it and give us the delivery date whether or not we want a signature. Not all pharmacies automatically send meds requiring a signature. Which is really sad!!!

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