Theft of laptops with Dad’s memories devastating loss for Antioch woman
She remembers him cutting roses in the yard, putting around the golf course and family conversations at the dinner table over the years and “everything that really, truly mattered.”
Liz Kain has loads of beautiful memories about her 74-year-old father, Charlie.
They’re especially fresh because for the last five years, she’s been documenting tales of his life, her life and their family life.
After he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, Kain decided to make sure to keep her wonderful memories of her father clear, alive and safe.
But, those dreams were harshly dashed last month when a thief stole her laptops and devices that held those priceless memories and moments.
Devastated, Kain is determined – desperate, really – to get her property back. Not just the equipment but all the recordings and photos.
She wants her father’s stories back.
While unloading her car on San Francisco’s Olive Street in June, someone took her five Apple MacBook laptops, family photo albums and several hard drives from her trunk.
She’s had a private investigator helping her track down her irreplaceable materials and reached out to some Bay Area media but, so far, nothing has been found or returned.
“I’ve been fighting to do all I can to recover whatever we can and do whatever is possible,” she said.
Michael Amorosa feels badly for his friend.
After talking about it with Kain, he said “I couldn’t fathom how I’d feel if this happened to me during this time in her life with her Dad. She was in tears telling me … that’s irreplaceable and personal data.”
The years of documentation have meant the world to Kain, who’s enjoyed “our time together and watching and listening as we went. (I want) to remember these beautiful times and years … my family is absolutely everything to me.”
She’s taken in stories aplenty about her father and mother Tess, who have been married 43 years, moving to Antioch in 1989.
While the diagnosis may have spurred on this project, the focus hasn’t strictly been about his health.
“Sometimes we would talk about that but it was more about us enjoying life and the everyday” from great sandwiches to audio books to sharing our thoughts on life. “We have seen a shift in focus on wellness … treating every day as ‘great.’ ”
The 2003 Antioch High grad said her father is fearless, authentic and “open to answer just about any question I threw at him … that’s why it is so hard to lose all of his words. I knew I’d captured some of his life advice to store for the future, for my future family.”
The focus to reprieve her work has recently become more intense. Her father has been given just several months to live. He’s undergoing treatment at Antioch’s Kaiser on Sand Creek Road.
She said the project may have started emotionally but as it’s been “nothing but joy the entire time. But, as my dad said from the onset: “Everything will be OK.’
“My dad has instilled in me a greater sense of empathy, good humor and patience for the world around us.”
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