Home burglarized, dog killed while boy gets cancer treatment



Posted on February 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 7:11 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A New Albany family is in the fight of their lives; they’re trying to stay strong for their 15-year-old son battling Leukemia for a second time.

While at Kosair Children's Hospital for treatments, someone broke into their house and let out the family dog who was struck by a car and killed.

Nicholaus VanArdsdale keeps busy in between treatments by playing Legos. This is his latest creation.

"Took me most half the day; I started the day the day before. I built this after I built the other Lego set, " Nicholaus VanArdsdale told WHAS11 Thursday. 

It's been a tough road for him and his family. At four, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia.

"We didn't know anything was wrong with him. We didn't know he was sick,” said Melinda VanArsdale

He went through chemotherapy and radiation. In 2007 he was cancer free.  That lasted for more than six years. Then, this Thanksgiving his mom knew something was wrong and she was right, the cancer was back.

"It was absolutely shocking. It was the same thing back," she said.

To add insult to injury, their home was broken into while they were at the hospital. The air conditioner was unit taken apart. To make matters worse, the thief left their gate open, letting their beloved dog out who was hit and killed by a car.

"There are a lot of sick people out there," says VanArsdale.

But still they must stay focused for Nicholaus and bring him the comforts home.

He is a typical 15-year-old, but he is facing tough choices. On Wednesday, he noticed his hair was starting to fall out, so Nicholaus decided to take charge and get his sister to shave his head. 

Now he can wear his wolf hat that he loves and keep looking forward to a life he knows will get better.

"I feel fine. I beat this before and I can beat this again," says Nicholaus.

If you would like to follow Nicholaus's journey or help the family through their many fundraisers, follows them on this facebook page