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Last month we told you about a teen from Hawaii who arrived at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford to have surgery to remove a brain tumor. His family's car was broken into and their belongings stolen. Now, there's happier news for the boy and his family. (KGO-TV)

A boy from Hawaii who came to the Bay Area for a life-saving operation is recovering and getting a lot of help after his family's car was broken into in San Francisco. We first told you about the family's loss last month. After the report our viewers, police officers and Bay Area celebrities stepped up to help.

A surprise visit on Wednesday came as 14-year-old Kaikea Ahuna was recuperating at McDonald House from his surgery last week. Doctors say the difficult procedure that removed a brain tumor went well.

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The family had been through a lot already. When they first came to San Francisco, their parked car was broken into at Fisherman's Wharf and their belongings stolen.

ABC7 News reported the story and the response was amazing.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association took the family to Best Buy. They replaced Kaikea's brother's laptop and camera, which the thieves also took.

But the items that meant the most to his mother, Kanoe Ahuna, were the get well cards from family and friends.

"I was really saving them for him to read to him while he was in the hospital during recovery. And those are the kinds of things that can't be replaced," she said during an interview on April 19.

But Lynne Cameron did what she could. She asked her young skaters at the Nazareth Ice Oasis Rink to make get well cards for Kaikea. She brought some 60 cards to the Ahuna family.

"I know stuff can always be replaced," she said. "But the cards, I just felt so bad they were taken."

Another group came by with souvenirs from the San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors, and the San Francisco Giants, which included a personal letter.

And then there was a scrapbook put together by the San Francisco Technology Democrats. It is a compilation of tweets posted by its members and others, which included Mayor Ed Lee, MC Hammer, and Joe Montana.

"All the technology community across San Francisco really felt compelled to act and to help this family," said Dave Cruise with the SF Technology Democrats.

"We're just super grateful for everybody's love and aloha from home all the way from Hawaii all the way here," said Kanoe.

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In Hawaiian it's called ohana, or family. It's a bond that extended all the way here.

Those who would like to send something to Kaikea and his family are asked to send them to:

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
Attention: Rocket Kaikea Ahuna
520 Sand Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-2001

If you'd like to donate and help the Ahuna family, click here.
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