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WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A single mother of three young children had her car stolen while she was working at a late-night bartending job in Detroit.
Melissa Berman's vehicle later was found, but it had been stripped of its engine and many of her possessions, including money, a passport and a treasured necklace created while her son, Ryder, was undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
Berman, a 34-year-old college student from Oakland County's Waterford Township, describes herself as a hard-working mom trying to do the best she can for her kids.
She said she doesn't have money to buy a new car and is hoping someone might come forward to donate one.
Berman used the car to get to work and to classes at Baker College, where she is studying marketing.
"I can't quit my job," she told The Oakland Press of Pontiac. "I have no car to take my child to treatment or get to class."
Ryder, who is now 5, was diagnosed with myelomonocytic leukemia when he was 9 months old and continues to require treatments.
The necklace grew from the many treatments Ryder endured.
"For every poke he had, he got a bead," said Berman, fighting tears.
"The (thieves) wiped me out," she said. "I hope someone can help me."