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HOUSTON (CBS Houston/AP) — A Georgia family in Houston for treatment of their daughter’s cancer woke up to find the tires and wheels gone from their car parked at a motel near the Texas Medical Center.

Erick and Laura Smith, from McRae, Ga., now are using a motel shuttle service to visit their daughter, Grace. She’s a patient at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“Our daughter has a sarcoma and this is supposed to be one of the best clinics in the country,” Laura Smith told KTRK-TV.

Laura Smith says she cried and was overwhelmed when she walked out of the motel Tuesday to find their car without wheels. Her husband had spent the night with their daughter at the hospital.

“I couldn’t get to the hospital and I was devastated,” Laura added.

The Smiths tell KTRK they’ve filed a police report, have insurance and help from their church but the damage is about $5,000.

Their daughter turns 20 on Saturday while in chemotherapy.

“She’s really, really been an inspiration to everybody, really,” Eric Smith told the station.

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