UPDATE: Burglar steals from 7-year-old with brain tumor

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

UPDATED Friday, September 27, 2013 --- 1:30 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

Following Zyaire's story Thursday evening, an anonymous local will replace the child's stolen Xbox 360 this weekend.

After the family's battle with both a tumor and burglar aired on NBC 15 News at 10, the Badger Childhood Cancer Network says they received dozens of generous offers from viewers to replace the system, games, and otherwise contribute.

If you would still like to help out, the Network asks any contributions be sent to:

Michelle Davis or BCCN c/o Zyaire Nichols
517 N Segoe Rd
Madison, WI 53705

POSTED Thursday, September 26, 2013 --- 11:00 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

A Madison family is struggling to replace their son's favorite escape from chemo therapy.

Zyaire Nichols, a second grader, is battling a brain tumor condition called Glioma Astrocytoma. He uses video games to help manage the pain during treatments and pass the time in the hospital and at home. Earlier this month a burglar broke into the family's east side home, stealing his Xbox 360 and all of his games, among other electronics taken and items broken.

"We were outside waiting for the police to get here and we were outside in the car and it was really scary," said Nichols.

His mother says when they returned home all of the lights were on, their dog was stuck under a Christmas tree and they knew something was wrong.

"We see the front door wide open and a doorknob laying across the room and the door split in two," said Michelle Davis. "In this case they stole from a 7-year-old boy who is fighting a brain tumor, and they took the one thing that comforts him during his chemo and when he's in the hospital."

Nichols is a Superman fanatic, a superhero his mother says he has dressed as every single year for Halloween. Many of his games stolen were other hero titles.

"He likes hero games because he has so much passion for other people besides just thinking about himself," said Zyaire's father Gerald Nichols. He says his son was first diagnosed nearly one year ago after fainting at home.

Zyaire is a patient at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison. He was an honorary starter at the Badger Childhood Cancer Network's Superhero Run the morning the burglar struck his home.

Some viewers have asked for a way to help out the family. If you are interested you can contact Anne Spurgeon at the Badger Childhood Cancer Network at anne@badgerchildhoodcancer.org.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
NBC15 615 Forward Drive Madison, Wisconsin 53711 Business: 608-274-1515 Newsroom: 608-274-1500
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 225452442 - nbc15.com/a?a=225452442