The photos and other memories stolen from Chad Carr's family have been recovered by the Pittsfield Township Police Department.
Police say the items stolen during an the April 8 robbery were recovered and two suspects will be arraigned today.
Tammi Carr, the mother of Chad Carr, who died at 5 years old from an inoperable brain tumor in 2015, shared her appreciation on the ChadTough Foundation Facebook page.
"Yes, it’s true," she wrote. "Our hard drives have been recovered! Words can’t express how happy we are. These random little memories captured during our five short years with Chad are what we turn to when we need to laugh, cry, or simply spend time with our baby. We are so thankful to have them back.
"A HUGE thank you to the Pittsfield Township Police Department and the officers who were nothing short of amazing. They worked day and night — a straight 36 hours at one point — following leads and pushing ahead for our family.
"To show our gratitude, we are donating the $500 reward we posted for the return of the hard drives to a project in Pittsfield Township. We are still figuring out what that project will be, but we want to do something to make day-to-day work a little easier for these officers!"
The memories were contained on external hard drives in a family safe and were stolen, along with a car, from the Carrs' Saline home while the family was away for spring break last week.
The Carrs offered the $500 reward with "no questions asked" for the return of the photos and videos. An online campaign raised more reward money via donations.
"Thank you to ALL of our supporters, including friends, family, and the media who jumped on this story so quickly," Tammi Carr wrote. "We truly have the most passionate, caring group of people making a difference in Chad’s name.
"News spread so fast, in fact, that it went viral … and that made a SIGNIFICANT impact on this case. One of the perpetrators actually saw the information on the news and felt badly ... after he was apprehended, he actually led the officers to where they would find the hard drives. Prayers that his heart can be forever changed. Our prayers were answered ... A situation that seemed hopeless turned around because of passion and awareness.
"The parallel to our fight with DIPG is not lost on me and it shouldn’t be lost on you — awareness makes a difference! Let the power of what you did this past week fuel your fire to spread the importance of this cause and these kids!
"Finally, many of you asked if you could add to our reward fund. Those requests were so humbling to us. We would love for any of you who donated or who were thinking about donating to instead contribute to the Pittsfield Township Police Department. They truly deserve it!
"We have felt your love and support through this entire process and truly believe all of your prayers contributed to us getting these priceless memories back. Thank you for being ChadTough!"
The ChadTough Foundation was created during Chad Carr's battle with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma from the fall of 2014 to the fall of 2015. He became a national cause as the grandson of U-M football legends Lloyd Carr and Tom Curtis and his parents, Tammi and Jason, have raised substantial amounts of money through the foundation since, trying to combat the deadly pediatric disease.
Tammi spoke to a congressional committee a few weeks ago, hoping to prevent proposed budget cuts for cancer research.
As for the stolen car, Pittsfield police said in a statement: "Also stolen from the residence was a 2012 Lincoln MKS. The Pittsfield Township Police Department investigated the incident and was able to locate the stolen vehicle in Ypsilanti Township. Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) individuals who are being held at the Washtenaw County Jail, pending arraignment."
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