Teen fighting cancer gets donations after burglary

The last time Pinellas Park Police visited David Gereg was because someone stole everything he valued the most. 
 
On Thursday, Pinellas Park Police delivered the community's generosity. Our cameras were the only ones there when police knocked on David's door.
 
Last Monday when David went to the hospital for tests someone broke into his home. The burglar took his guitar, PlayStation 3 and other electronics. It was that guitar that let David forget his eight-year struggle with leukemia and painful treatments that took a toll on his 15-year-old body.
 
"Whenever I feel lonely, I like to play it and it makes me feel happier,” David said.
 
The PlayStation was a lifeline connecting David to the outside world. It's how he interacted with his friends. Pinellas Park community members donated a new PlayStation 3 and games.
 
To that David added, "That will help me because I can't go anywhere for a while."
 
He also received a gift card and a very special Epiphone Les Paul cherry sunburst guitar from Keith Koehler, owner of West Shore Pizza.
 
"It's nice to be able to step away, and as a musician myself who works a very complicated professional life, I use music to step away from it, too," Koehler said.
 
He went a step further and tweeted Brad Paisley. The superstar agreed to sign the donated guitar. 
 
David says, "I know a lot of people just don't care. And all these guys care."
 
And he tried to hug everyone who helped.
 
David goes in and out of the hospital for the next five days to get more tests and prepare for a bone marrow transplant. That transplant is scheduled for Aug. 15 at the earliest.
 
Following the bone marrow transplant, David will be in the hospital for several months where he will rely on the PS3 and guitar to pass the time.
 
After the bone marrow transplant, he will be stuck inside his home for eight months recovering.
 
His parents have had to rip out all the carpets, change the blinds, buy a new air conditioning system and get new furniture because David must be in a sterile environment. 
 
There is a trust fund for David set up with Synovus Bank.
 
You can make a donation at any branch in Florida or mail a check to the Special Needs Trust Fund for David A. Gereg II, 333 Third Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
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