Gilbert family searching for 5-year-old's missing wheelchair

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(Courtesy: Randa Canter) (Courtesy: Randa Canter)
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When he's not in preschool, Parker Canter is in his driveway playing baseball. This little slugger's short time at bat hasn't been easy.

"Parker was born with spina bifida," said his mom, Randa Canter. "I think he's had 16 surgeries."

Parker keeps swinging despite being paralyzed from the waist down.

Recently another curve ball came his way. 

Parker would rather be in his smaller, faster blue wheelchair, but it needed repairs. 

"It's kind of part of him. He's had it as long as he can remember. And he wasn't very happy when I shipped it to get the wheels fixed," said Randa. 

Randa says it was supposed to be returned Friday. It was accidentally delivered to the family's old address. 

The current resident never saw it. Randa thinks someone might have stolen it off the porch.

"If someone feels the need to steal any package it makes me sad," said Randa. 

She's put flyers on mailboxes around town hoping someone recognizes Parker's chair. 

"I wanna do it!" Parker insists as his mom tries to help him with his swing. 

At 5 years old, that phrase is coming more and more often. His independence relies on that little blue wheelchair. 

"This is something that's really important to a little boy," said Randa. 

Parker's not forfeiting just yet. "He is just like 'People are good. We're going to find it, it's good mom,'" said Randa.  

They're hoping someone returns the chair, no questions asked. 

"And that their hearts might be opened and softened to somebody," said Randa. "It's not just a toy."

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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