Cowboy Skill Games to Replace Vehicle For Sheridan Family Whose Van Was Stolen in Denver

The Sheridan family's specially-outfitted van for their disabled son was stolen while he was receiving medical treatment in Denver.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

July 22, 20202 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

SHERIDAN—This Friday, representatives of Cowboy Skill Games of Wyoming will present a replacement vehicle to the Sheridan family whose van was stolen while they were in Denver receiving medical treatment for their disabled son.

Ira and Yvonne Fischer take their son Lane, who has Down syndrome, to Denver multiple times a year to receive critical medical treatment.

Earlier this month, their 1996 Chevrolet van specially-outfitted with medical supplies and equipment was stolen from their hotel.

The family was stranded.

Denver’s Channel 7 — through a program they call Contact7 — raised money for the family and were able to get them back to Sheridan.

When Leslie George, co-owner of Sheridan-based Wyoming Amusement, read the story on Channel 7’s website, she knew she had to help.

As a member of Cowboy Skill Games of Wyoming — a group of amusement and coin-op vending companies in the state who offer legal skill games to restaurants and bars in Wyoming — she called her colleagues in the organization to raise money for a replacement van.

Within a couple days, a friend of George’s who runs a car dealership in Evanston, Wyoming, located an already-upgraded handicap accessible van in Indianapolis.

The Cowboy Skill Games companies pooled their money together and purchased the van.  George will present the Fischer family with the van at 12noon on Friday at the Fischer’s house in Sheridan.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

State Political Reporter