Giving Back to Family After Van, Wheelchair Stolen

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CLEVELAND-- Who says miracles don’t happen? As far as Sarah Hicks, her granddaughter, Katie, and the rest of the family is concerned, that's exactly what's happening to them.

Five days ago they woke up to the worst day of their lives, and it was all caught on surveillance video.

A thief had driven off in their 1995 Chevy Lumina minivan just before dawn.

It wasn't a great set of wheels; it leaked power steering fluid and had no air conditioning, but it's all they had to get Katie, who's mentally challenged and recovering from spinal cancer, to her doctor's appointments.

To add insult to injury, Katie's portable wheelchair was inside.

But as it turns out, every mile the suspect put on the old van only brought the ladies closer to one of the greatest moments of their lives.

"There she is, Katie. Wow, that's nice," shouted Katie’s Aunt, Sherri Haasz, as Call for Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor arrived at the family’s home in a 2006 Dodge Caravan from Jay Honda on the Bedford Auto Mile.

"Look at that," shouted someone else in the crowd, "The Lord loves you," they shouted to Katie.

Thanks to the incredibly generous owners at the Jay Auto Group in Bedford, which includes Jay Honda and Jay Buick GMC, Sarah and Katie are no longer stranded by a calloused act.

Their 18-year-old minivan has been replaced with the newer model Dodge Taylor parked in their driveway.

Jay Honda, General Manager, Mark Lyon said the van will get the family wherever they need to go.

"It has air conditioning that actually works. It gives you everything a family needs for basic everyday transportation,” said Lyon, “With the special needs to get the wheelchair in, all in one package."

Jay Auto Group owner, Nathan Lancry, said giving back to the community is important to both him and his business partner, Mark Jacobson.

"We also realize that at times you can't change the world, but certain interactions such as this one, allows us to at least change one person's world," said Lancry.

"We've got one more surprise. You ready?  Ready? Shouted Taylor to Katie and her family, “ A brand new portable wheelchair..."

The Jay Auto Group wasn’t the only business that came to the rescue of the Hicks family.

Gary Bajusz from Integrated Medical in Cleveland donated a brand new portable wheelchair to replace the stolen, lighter-weight wheelchair that allowed Katie to go for rides in the car.

Bajusz has built a business that allows customers to buy, rent or repair all manner of wheelchairs, including models customized for highly specialized needs.

"I wanted to give back to the community,” he told Taylor, “Give back to this patient so that she can get out of the home and enjoy the sunshine and the quality of life that she deserves."

Sarah and Katie are now certain that moment when someone drove off in their old van was actually a blessing in disguise.

"I like the new van," said Katie.

"God is great. God is good,” Sarah told Taylor as she looked up to the sky, “And he sends all the good people to Katie!”

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