Silver Key van brings independence


Leslie Cook may be 85, but she remains a vibrant member of her hometown of Colorado Springs. For 30 years she was the CEO of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross and has stayed involved in the community after retiring. She is a board member of Homeward Pikes Peak, Combined Federal Campaign, the Downtown Rotary, and serves as chairwoman of the Affordable Housing committee for the city, just to name a few.She can no longer walk and uses a wheelchair.
“If it weren’t for Silver Key and their transportation, I wouldn’t be able to leave my apartment,” Cook said. “Their transportation is an absolute godsend.”
Not only does the bus service take her to her many meetings, but it also takes her to her doctors appointments, no matter where they are. Silver Key vans travel to a larger area than the Metro buses, Cook said.
“It’s a fantastic service that we have here and it certainly changes the lives for the seniors here,” she said.
Senior Key provides services and information for senior citizens in El Paso County, and Cook is just one of the thousands who has benefitted from its help.
Cook has developed acute arthritis, which means she can stand, but can never walk. One of her feet is crippled, and the damage to her body has progressed over time. For a while she was using two canes, then a walker and now she uses a wheelchair.
“The pain is just excruciating,” she said.
That is why she is forever grateful for the services of Silver Key. The drivers always remember her name and help her roll onto the lift, something she is always leery to do.
“They walk the extra mile the whole time,” Cook said.

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