OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Jeremy Stevens has cancer, and a delayed medication delivery nearly caused him to miss a dosage of his treatment.
"I have leukemia, small cell lymphoma," he said.
This is his second time fighting the disease. Because of advances in medicine, he doesn't have to go to the hospital for chemotherapy — he gets it in a pill.
"They go from week one to week four,” said Stevens when talking about his medication. “I got contacted by my pharmacy on day 27. They said they would be en route."
He has the pills delivered so he doesn't get catch something from other sick people. When Stevens got to the end of his pack, he realized his next one was late.
"I got an email from UPS stating that there was a delay in my shipment, and I looked into the details and it was routed accidentally to Dennison, Iowa," Stevens said.
This cancer patient started to panic.
"If it didn't come today, then without getting the package the medication my white blood cell would go back up," he said.
This could potentially ruin months of treatments.
He understands mistakes happen, but said he wishes he was taken more seriously when trying to find his medicine.
"For crying out loud, the mistake has been pointed out,” Stevens said. “It's time to act and fix that mistake and not just go through your normal channels of ‘Well, we will get it out to you tomorrow.’”
As the 41 Action News crew was about to leave Stevens’ residence, the UPS truck pulled up.
"I am relieved,” he said. “I am glad they got it here.”
UPS said they believe this was part of a miss sort, which is rare. If your package is ever late, they urge you to call them. UPS customer service can be reached at 1-800-742-5877.