Couple Replaces Man’s Missing Breathing Machine

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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio -- It hasn't been easy for Steven Herceg, 33, and his father, Frank, of Avon Lake.

On Monday, someone grabbed a box containing Steven's breathing-machine from his driveway as he was being loaded into a van for treatment.

"I saw the late news.  And I just saw the sorrow in his eyes, and it just made me feel so badly because I knew exactly what position he is in," said Phillip Moser, a Fox 8 viewer.

That is because Phillip and Patty Moser had an adopted son with the same disease.

"We have this vest.  It's upstairs, we know how important it is.  It's not being used at the moment.  And we would be thrilled to be able to help," said Patty.

According to the Mosers, the vest once belonged to their son Dane.

"He passed away two and a half years ago.  He was 23.  The love of our life," added Patty.

For Steve and Frank, the donation was an answer to their prayers.

"I was ready to cry.  I can't believe that we would be that blessed to have somebody do this for us," said Frank.

The machine would have cost about $16,000 to replace.

"This is a very generous donation.  I don't know what to say.  My wife was just crying this afternoon.  She would have been here but she said she would have been here in tears," laughed Frank.

But for the Mosers, it's about Dane and the spirit that continues in a foundation named after him.

"The Dane Foundation was formed to help individuals with disabilities.  We help single moms and their children, senior citizens," said Lowery Lockard, with the Dane Foundation.

"If we can connect somebody with a way to get the resources they need, we will.  Sometimes, it's difficult.  But it's worth every moment of it," added Patty.

The Dane Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit organization based in Cuyahoga Falls.

It is accepting equipment, clothing, personal items and monetary donations.

Click here for more information about the Dane Foundation.

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