Atkinson Dam man wants thieves to return his stolen story
THROAT cancer victim Allan Dean cannot speak and uses an etch-a-sketch to communicate.
But desperate to ensure friends and family would know more about him, the Atkinson Dam resident typed out his life story on a laptop.
In October, heartless thieves stole the laptop and Allan lost his story.
He doesn't care about the laptop, but he wants his life story back.
Allan lives a peaceful life with his partner at Atkinson Dam, running a tourist park since 1985.
One of his dreams was to travel around Australia on the houseboat named Pelican that he built.
Another dream was to share the story of his life, memories and the wonderful people he has met along the way.
Unfortunately, Allan has been unable to talk since getting throat cancer in 2004 and has had to write down his memories in chronological order over many painstaking hours in a file on his laptop.
Allan's world was turned upside down in October when thieves ransacked his home taking money, cigarettes and, most importantly, his laptop.
Allan said (with the aid of his Etch-A-Sketch) this theft upset him the most.
"I spent hours remembering and putting things in date order," he said.
"That's the beauty of computers, you can insert a paragraph in the middle, great for me with such a poor memory."
Allan said if the thieves had any sense of remorse they should return the laptop or at least send back the file of his life history and stories by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.