By: Linda Lee
This is truly heartbreaking, where a desperate dad allegedly robbed a bank in South Lyon to pay for his baby daughter’s chemo treatments after their insurance was abruptly cancelled.
WXYZ reports that 23-year-old Brian Randolph’s family say that the only reason the Oakland County man robbed a bank was to pay for his young daughter’s chemo treatments. Little goes to chemo every four weeks, as she battles retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer. Randolph was arrested August 14th, two days after police say he robbed a Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon.
Randolph’s one year old daughter’s insurance was abruptly canceled, and with no money, his family says the desperate father tried robbing a bank.
His girlfriend tearfully tells Channel 7 Action News:
“I’m not sure what he was thinking at that point, but at the end of the day the only thing I can think about is him trying to take care of his child.”
Police say surveillance photos show Randolph giving the teller a note, also indicating he had a gun on August 12th, but never showed one. Randolph was back in court this morning facing charges for bank robbery.
UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press reports: ‘Dad’ may not have been stealing for just chemo money… as Randolph was arrested after authorities began tailing him and pulled him over in Detroit on Aug. 14. In the car, authorities found a Gucci bag with clothing and accessories, the new shirts and clothes, and new tennis shoes in his size in the front seat.
But the bottom line remains true, little Brailynn is still fighting cancer and if she still needs help, we have reached out to her mother and we hope to help make that happen.
If YOU or someone you know has a child that needs treatment for a serious and life-threatening illness and you cannot afford insurance, there are a couple of options:
Michigan has a Medicare program that helps kids like Brailynn, ask your health care provider for assistance or the Michigan Department of Social Services.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may also be able to help if you have exhausted all your options, and you can call them directly to inquire with a St. Jude patient intake worker at: 866-278-5883