SPOKANE, Wash. – Tracy Corporon is currently battling lung cancer and was recently told she only has a few months to live. However, as she fights for her life, the one thing that gave her an escape from her diagnosis was stolen from her home.
Cancer is something Tracy has been fighting since 2007 and has beat the odds before. This time around though, she has not been able to drive and gets too tired to go on walks. However, there was one thing that gave her independence and freedom, but last week, it was stolen out of her garage.
"Sometime within the last couple of months, I found out that I had lesions in my brain," Tracy said.
Right now, she cannot do much on her own because of the cancer treatments.
"I'm kind of hooked on my oxygen leash," she said gesturing to her oxygen tank.
However, a gift from her younger brother finally made it possible for her to leave her home without assistance.
"He surprised me, showed up and took me and got me this bike," Tracy said.
The bicycle was not just any bicycle though. It was customized specifically for Tracy.
"He [her brother] put new grips on it because I have neuropathy and it is hard to feel my hands and feet sometimes," Tracy said.
It also has three wheels instead of two, so she could balance and bring along the equipment she needs to stay alive.
"We just got it all set up with a drink holder and a place where I could put the oxygen in the back because it had a basket," Tracy said.
Tracy only got to ride the tricycle once. It had been put away in the garage, but that still did not stop someone from stealing it.
"I think I was more disappointed just knowing that he did something so kind, you know, and then it was just gone," Tracy said.
For Tracy, it was more than just a tricycle. It was an escape.
"It just makes me feel better instead of being trapped in here with bags dripping and oxygen," Tracy said. "I just think it's healthier for me to feel the sun on my face, get fresh air and interact even if it's just seeing other people interacting. I've been doing this for an awfully long time."
Also, to get it back, she will even make a deal with the person who stole it.
"I'll give you a two wheel bike if you need transportation," Tracy said. "I could help with that, but I was just hoping to get my bike back."
Tracy hopes someone will recognize the stolen rusty red tricycle. It has three wheels, a cup holder installed on it and a basket in the back where she could place her oxygen tank.
She says she has also checked with the store they purchased it from, as well as, local pawn shops to see if someone has tried to trade it in. However, so far, she has had no luck in finding it.