Lantos already suffered the crushing loss of her 12-year-old son Chris, who died of cancer. She says he wanted more than anything to be a normal kid, and part of what gave him some normalcy in his final months was his iPad. His mom says it help him distract himself from painful treatments, and use it to connect with friends he couldn't visit with while in isolation.
Chris died in 2013, and his family created the Chris Lantos Foundation. They raise money to buy iPads for sick children, and they do it all in his memory.
"This foundation for us is really one way of dealing with our loss, and it's very personal," Ilona Lantos said.
Ilona and her husband even visit the children and stay in touch with them. So far, they've handed out 20 iPads.
But something strange happened with a shipment that supposedly arrived at their home in Arlington on February 19. They never received the package containing the four iPads, but when Ilona used the tracking number to try and locate the package, it said someone by the name of Hakim signed for it.
She says she has no idea who that person is. FedEx told her the package had been delivered, and urged her to contact the Amazon merchant she made the purchase through in Miami. That business owner told Ilona he wasn't interested in filing a claim.
Amazon told her its guarantee doesn't apply because the package had been delivered and signed for by someone, even if it's not her. Ilona spent a week and a half desperately searching for a solution.
FOX 5 spent several hours reaching out to FedEx, Amazon and the business owner in Miami on the Lantos' behalf. Late Monday afternoon, FedEx confirmed they had found the package. It's still not clear exactly who signed for it, or where it has been for the last week and a half. The Lantos family expects it to be delivered Monday night, and the iPads will soon be in the hands of kids who can use them.
Even with this delivery, the Lantos family has kids and hospitals that are waiting for even more iPads. If you'd like to help them on their mission, click here to visit their website. You can make a donation to the foundation in Chris' memory.