By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Sheridan family has been stranded in Denver since Saturday after a thief stole their wheelchair-accessible van.
The family of Lane Fischer reached out to Contact7, a part of the Denver Channel, over the weekend to ask for help. The family traveled to Denver for a doctor’s appointment for their young son Lane, who has Down Syndrome.
The family woke up Saturday morning to discover their 1996 Chevrolet van had been stolen, along with much of Lane’s equipment, including “two vents and a vent stand and an oxygen concentrator,” as well as five oxygen tanks.
“It is heartbreaking that someone would even think to take, even if it wasn’t his, any handicapped vehicle,” Yvonne Fischer said. “I just don’t understand.”
The vehicle was stolen from a hotel parking lot in east Denver sometime Friday night. The family uses it regularly to travel for Lane’s appointments in both Colorado and Montana.
Without the van and equipment, the family is unable to return home to Sheridan. They have also been unsuccessful in renting a van for the time being.
“At any point, [Lane] could stop breathing,” Yvonne Fischer said.
People looking to help the Fischer family with donations can follow this link, and use the drop down menu to choose “Help Replace Stolen Handicap Van.”