A 4-year-old California boy had his prosthetic leg stolen while he was swimming at the beach on July 24.
Liam Brenes and his family were visiting Crystal Cove Park in Orange County when the theft occurred, according to KABC. They had left Liam's leg with some other belongings while they went to check out the tide pools.
"We were in the water for two hours and came back and everything was gone," Liam told KABC. "They stole my leg."
Liam was born without a fibula -- the bone between knee and ankle -- in his right leg. Doctors amputated the leg when he was 1 year old.
"It's upsetting. It makes me sad someone would do that," Liam's mother Amanda McFarland said. "It's just heartless. It's a child's leg, you know? He needs it to be able to get around and function normally."
While Liam still has an older prosthetic leg, it is now about 3 inches too short.
Ann-Marie Brasil, a family friend, has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of a new leg.
The page asking for donations reads in part:
"I am asking for the community to come together to help Liam and his family with the expense of obtaining a new leg. Both parents will have to take multiple days out of work as well as traveling to and from Los Angeles for doctor visits, molding, etc. This is going to be a very hefty expense to replace such an important and desperately needed prosthetic."
As of July 27, more than 250 people had donated more than $18,000, exceeding the initial $10,000 goal.
More people are willing to assist Liam as well.
Robert Herjavec of ABC's reality show "Shark Tank" contacted KABC after hearing of Liam's story and offered to help get the 4-year-old a new leg sooner.
"It just broke my heart," Herjavec said. "I mean, to think about what the little boy has gone through. And with everything that's happening in the world and so much negativity, I just thought if I had the opportunity to make him grow up in an environment where he thinks there are some good people in the world, why not?"
A prosthetics company based in California has also indicated that it is prepared to help, according to KABC.