For the Vicks in Seaford, Delaware, professional wrestling is "a family affair," said Timothy Vick Sr., whose son Timmy was diagnosed with the tumor in October. "It's just a big family thing."
Timmy's parents tried to alleviate the disease by saving money to buy a special gift for the boy: a replica WWE championship belt.
To make the belt look more authentic, the parents who connected with belt designer Sergio Moreira in Washington via Facebook.
Moreira said he had offered to work for free, replace the plastic gems with cubic zirconia and thicken the plates.
"It's getting so close to the original belt he sees on TV more often than any other belt he can buy on the market," Moreira said.
The Vicks shipped the belt across the country, leaving the package on Moreira's porch earlier this week. His door camera then captured two thieves who stole the package.
But a few days after the police released pictures of the thieves and local media telling Timmy's story, the two women returned to Moreira with the belt and a four-page handwritten apology slip.
"They said they were homeless drug addicts and thought they could make a few dollars more with what was in the boxes.
" I could see the expression on their faces that they were very, very sad and they were crying.
Moreira said he embraced the women and asked them to take care of them.
He said he would be reluctant to file charges while the women were seeking help.
"I see no other way to do this because everyone has something in their lives to deal with, "he said.
The women's note read," We are so sorry that I took your things. Never in a million years would I have stolen myself from a sick five-year-old and am ashamed of what I've done. "
Edgewood police in Washington posted a photo of the wrestling belt on Facebook this week, reporting: "Talk about restoring your trust in humanity!"