For the Vicks of Seaford, Delaware's professional wrestling is "a family affair," according to Timothy Vick Sr., whose son Timmy was diagnosed with the tumor in October. "It's just a great family thing."
Timmy's parents sought to soften the news of the disease by saving money to buy a special gift for the boy: a replica WWE championship title belt.
To make the tape more authentic, the parents connected via Facebook with belt designer Sergio Moreira in Washington.
Moreira said he offered to do work for free, replacing the plastic beads with cubic zirconia and thickening the plates.
"It will be so close to the original belt that he sees on television every win than any other belt he could buy on the market," Moreira said.
Vicks sent the belt across the country, where the package was left on the Moreira porch earlier this week. His door camera then captured two thieves who stole the package.
But days after the police released pictures of the thieves and local media, Timmy's story told the two women returned to Moreira's home with the belt and a four-page handwritten excuse.
"They said they were homeless drug addicts and thought they could get a few extra dollars out of what was in the boxes," he recalled.
"I could see the appearance of their faces that they were very, very sad, and they had been crying."
Moreira said he hugged the women and asked them to take care of.
He said he would hesitate to pay cases as long as the women sought help.
"I can't see any other way to do it because everyone has something to do with their lives," he said.
The woman from the woman said, "We are so sorry to take your things. Never in a million years would I have stolen from a sick five-year myself and be ashamed of what I did."
The Edgewood Police Department in Washington sent a picture of the wrestling belt on Facebook this week with the message "Talking about restoring your faith in humanity!"