WAVE 3 viewer donates replacement after wheelchair ramp is stolen

Mary Cook
Mary Cook
Robert Maurer
Robert Maurer

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – We are glad to say we got results for a Louisville woman said she couldn't get around because a thief stole her wheelchair ramp. After we brought you Mary Cook's story, it didn't take long before viewers contacted us. Now, Cook says her life is finally back to normal, thanks to the kindness of a complete stranger.

On May 12, Cook told us a thief threw her life off track because her wheelchair ramp was stolen right from her van.

"I can't go anywhere," said Cook when we first talked to her. "I can't go to the doctor; I can't go shopping or nothing like that without that ramp."

Soon after Cook's story aired, it struck something inside Robert Maurer of Shepherdsville.

"I'll tell you, in these hard times, people will do anything to get money. Unfortunately, that's a very expensive piece of equipment. Somebody will probably try and take it to a scrap yard," said Maurer.

Maurer said his late mother was handicapped and he had her wheelchair ramp in his basement. After seeing Cook's story, Maurer called us and said he would be more than happy to give Cook the wheelchair ramp, worth hundreds of dollars, it could help out. So, on May 13, that's just what he did.

"Hopefully this works out for you," Maurer said

"I sure appreciate it." Cook said.

"Not a problem" Maurer responded.

After her ramp was set up, Cook told Maurer that she appreciated his donation and said he was a very kind man.

"I'm really happy," said a smiling Cook. "Now, I can get out and I can get about now."

Cook said her granddaughter can take her shopping and to the grocery store.

"I want to thank WAVE 3 for all the help," said Cook. "They're better than the Police Department."

But the real thanks goes to the kindness of a stranger.

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