PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — They contents of Chris and Chrissy Maurer’s storage locker had no monetary value.
But because they fell behind on monthly payments covering the cost of their 4-year-old son Elijah’s chemotherapy, their baby items, childhood memories, photo albums and Christmas heirlooms were auctioned off.
Most recently, Elijah underwent a foot amputation and the family has been financially devastated keeping their son alive, Christopher Maurer said.
What the family is asking now is for the buyer of locker number 0384 from the storage facility at 3075 TV HWY, Hillsboro, OR 97123, to sell the $70 purchase back.
“We kind of just fell behind on it, and we found out today that they auctioned it off,” he said. They received the notice of auction as they returned home from surgery.
“If you were by chance the one to buy that locker for the amount 70.00 and have it in the kindness of your heart to let us have back our memories, and help a family struggling to stay a float it would be incredible,” Maurer posted on Facebook. “We would forever be grateful.”
Four months ago, the family with four boys moved into a new Hillsboro home.
“It was one day he was fine and the next day he had cancer,” said mother Chrissy Maurer. The single-income family has struggled to pay for Elijah’s treatment.
“We were breaking even on our bills before now and then having cancer it’s kind of hard to find time or find money to pay that bill, considering there’s electricity and other stuff that needs to be paid first,” said Chrissy Maurer.
Maurer said he accept the blame for not paying the storage fee, as the family was consumed by dealing with Elijah’s cancer.
“It’s not public storages fault because they’re just doing what they’re suppose to do and I signed a contract and we were already behind,” Maurer said.
Anyone with information about who may have bought the Maurer’s unit can contact KOIN 6 News at firstname.lastname@example.org.