Thieves Won't Bring Down Cancer Patient

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- A North Little Rock man fighting stage 4 cancer told us a thief stole his washer, heaters, tools and more while he was in the hospital. 

The victim talked to our reporter about his message to the thief or thieves. 

Rudy Hill sat by his front door in his recliner. He said he's sat there ever since he got home from the hospital. 

Hill said, "The stuff they took from me? They think that's going to bury me? uh uh (no)."

The 63-year-old told us doctors diagnosed him October 23rd, 2017, with stage 4 cancer in his neck. 

"People talking about I want to pray for you. I'll pray for you. I don't want anyone to pray for me. I want them to pray with me."

He may not look familiar but you may recognize his artwork that decorated Little Rock decades ago. 

Hill said, "It just slowed me down it didn't stop me. I'm not through until I'm gone."

One heater warms his wife and his home after he said thieves hit them when he was in the hospital. 

The thief or thieves took more than just the heaters and air conditioning units he said, "They took all my hand tools, all my lawnmowers I was working on."

His wife showed us where the washing machine used to sit. 

He explained why he did not file a police report, "What do you want me to do? Call out the SWAT? Comb the neighborhood?"

Hill said weeks had passed by the time he got home from the hospital and he has been focused on his health instead of the thieves. 

"We were using the fireplace but see I didn't have a chance to get it cleaned this year so I don't trust using it," Hill explained. 

He said the small space heater works well for the room where he sits in his recliner a majority of the time. 

Andra Dobbins stopped by to check in on the man he considers family. 

Dobbins said, "We just want them to straighten their life up and don't run astray from God because God is always out there."

He explained that was a lesson Hill taught him when he was a kid. 

Our reporter Price McKeon asked Hill, "What would you're message be to the person or people who took your things?"

Without missing a beat he replied, "Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas."

His wife in the background said, "God bless you."

The North Little Rock man continues to preach living each day as if it is a new start as he continues to fight cancer. 

"When do I have to start life? When I wake up in the morning. Every day is a new day."

Hill told us he is not looking for sympathy. He did not reach out to us. We met him while working on another report. He said he is focused on his health and hopefully beating cancer. 

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