Elderly woman's van with wheelchair, walker stolen

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Elderly woman's van with wheelchair, walker stolen (WLS)

An elderly Oregon woman whose wheelchair was packed and ready to go in case of evacuation during last weekend's major Pacific Northwest storm is now the victim of theft.

Edythe De La Rosa lives at her home in Stayton with a caretaker. She relies on a wheelchair and walker to get around her home.

With the weekend storm heading to the Pacific Northwest, the 91-year-old said she loaded both her wheelchair and walker in to her van to prepare for a quick evacuation.

The storm came and went, but Sunday she realized her van was gone.

"I don't understand how anyone, Christian or not, could do that to a person in my condition - or my age," Edythe said.

Edythe had to save part of her social security checks for over a year in order to buy the wheelchair and walker.

"I was in 7th heaven, I could go anywhere!" Edythe remembered.

With the walker, Edythe was able to get around her home and tend to her flowers. Now she is confined to a chair in her kitchen.

"My little walker was worth a million dollars to me," Edythe said.

Edythe has outlived her husband and six children. She says she feels even more alone without the ability to move around her home with ease.

"It's all the family I got, my family's all gone, I'm all alone," Edythe said. "I can't do much, my hands don't work, I've had a stroke... why do that to me? What did I do to them?"

Edythe has called her insurance company, State Farm, they say she has a $1,000 deductible -- money Edythe just doesn't have.

"I prayed very hard that I would wake up and my car would be sitting in the yard, she was like one of the family," Edythe said.

Edythe is hoping to replace her car, walker and wheelchair. Her church has set up a GoFundMe account.
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