When Leslie George learned that the van of a Sheridan couple was stolen while they were in Denver, she immediately decided she had to take action.
The van belonging to Ira and Yvonne Fischer isn’t just any vehicle. It’s specially outfitted with medical supplies and equipment so the couple can drive their disabled son, Lane, to Denver multiple times a year to receive critical medical treatment.
George, who co-owns Sheridan-based Wyoming Amusement, is a member of Cowboy Skill Games of Wyoming, a group of amusement and coin-operated vending companies across the state. She said Cowboy Skill in the past has raised funds to help other causes in the state.
The organization came through again this time, and at noon on Friday at the Fischers’ home, George presented the couple with the keys to a fully handicap-accessible replacement vehicle.
Yvonne Fischer in an interview with Sheridan Media said the replacement van was a huge surprise.
Lizzie is Lane’s twin sister.
Yvonne Fischer said the van was stolen earlier this month from the motel where her family was staying in Denver while Lane was being treated. She said a cousin of her husband suggested they contact Denver’s Channel 7 to get word out about the theft.
George said she read about the incident on Channel 7’s website. In the meantime, Channel 7 raised money for the family to get them back to Sheridan.
George said the replacement van was located in Indianapolis by a friend who runs a car dealership in Evanston.