WHEN Colleen Millard picked up the phone to hear her 15-year-old son in tears, her heart shattered into a thousand pieces.
When she heard what had happened to her precious boy, knowing she couldn't help was what cut her the most.
When Cody McKavanagh, a Warwick boy making his mark in the big smoke of Brisbane, came home to his Newmarket apartment, he saw an empty shell smothered in shards of glass; all his possessions stolen.
Earlier this year Cody moved to Brisbane to chase his dream of becoming a chef.
He was offered a job under renowned culinary master Matt Moran at his restaurant, Aria, and loved the independent lifestyle.
That was until last Sunday when he was robbed of everything he owned; from clothes to his plasma television, to shoes and his X-box, everything was gone.
"He's doing it tough and tried so hard to make a future for himself and to come home to his flat and it's all gone, is just horrible," Mrs Millard said.
Cody had been offered two weeks of work experience in Switzerland at one of the top six restaurants in the world and was saving his pennies so he could fly over mid next year.
"He had been saving up for that, but being on $8 an hour living in a flat in Brisbane, there is no money to replace (what was stolen)," Mrs Millard said.
She said she was in no position to assist her son financially.
"I'm a single mum and on dialysis so I'm not working and I'm still paying off some of the stuff that was stolen," Mrs Millard said.
"Now he is sitting in a flat in Brisbane, at 15, and he finishes work at 11pm and goes home to nothing.
"It's so hard because if something goes wrong, I'm here and he's there."
Blood, sweat and tears are just a few things Cody put in to kick-starting his career and after wowing diners at Rupert's Bar and Grill, he moved to the city.
Cody's step mum, Karen McKavanagh, said the worst part was when the robbery had occurred, police forbid Cody from staying in his apartment that night to preserve evidence, but when he tried to check into a hotel, no-one would take him because he was underage.
"I had the motel guys on the landline, on the internet to another place and Cody on the mobile, trying to get him a place," she said.the night but no one would take him," Mrs McKavanagh said.
He finally found a place to stay at about 12.30am after hours of applying for accommodation.
Mrs McKavanagh said it made her sick to the stomach to see someone who had worked so hard to get where he was, have everything else ripped from beneath him.