More Dreams Come True For Woman Whose Van Was Stolen

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CLEVELAND-- A grey sky seemed to mirror the attitude of Mary Buchanan, as she sat on the front porch of her Cleveland home, Thursday morning.

Buchanan was waiting for the arrival of a tow truck and the man who would be behind the wheel.

Dennis Blakeslee from Wyld Wheelz on East 359th Street in Eastlake had agreed to meet Call for Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor at Buchanan’s house.

He had volunteered to pick up and repair a 1999 Dodge Caravan belonging to Buchanan’s mother, Linda Grose.

"Trying to make a dream come true for the lady, get her back on the road," Blakeslee said to Taylor as he explained why he was doing a good deed for someone he’d never met.

Blakeslee said he was watching FOX 8 News when he saw a story on the theft of Grose’s van from in front of her West 44th Street home Sunday morning.

She'd only had the van five days when it was taken.

To make matters worse, the wheelchair Grose’s deceased father had left her, was stored inside.

The 65-year-old woman is partially paralyzed and relied on the minivan to get to her doctor’s appointments.

When Blakeslee learned Grose had no insurance money to pay for the damage, done to the van by car thieves, he contacted Taylor and volunteered his services.

"Important to you to make a difference?" asked Taylor.

"Absolutely,” said Blakeslee. “Thanks to my mother, that's the way she rose me."

Blakeslee said there's virtually nothing he can't fix as the owner of Wyld Wheelz. He's spent the last 20 years restoring cars, boats, motorcycles, installing audio systems and rebuilding every kind of motor a person could think of.

"The whole front end's gonna be repaired,” he told Taylor, “New fender, from the door up pretty much, radiator, condenser, already got a line on all the parts."

Blakeslee wasn’t the only FOX 8 viewer who reached out to Grose.

Beth Mathews lost her mother a few weeks before Grose’s world was turned upside down.

Every item Mathews' mother left behind was rich with sentimental value, including the wheelchairs the elderly woman rode in while at Mathews' Mentor home; yet that didn't stop the grieving woman from giving the chairs to Grose.

"When she started to cry and said that the wheelchair belonged to her father, it really touched me,” said Mathews, “Because my mother recently died and you find that you have an emotional attachment to their belongings, and I just knew right away, where my mom's wheelchair should go."

The van and wheelchairs were gifts from the heart meant to replace critical necessities that Grose’s $395 disability check could never have covered.

Grose was moved to tears when Mathews' wheelchairs were delivered by Taylor; she was beaming with happiness after learning Blakeslee had volunteered to repair her van free of charge.

"I couldn't do it without Channel 8 News, and my daughter who called, and the people that are helping me. I couldn't do this."

Buchanan was equally delighted as she thanked Blakeslee for making her prayers come true.

(Read more here.)

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