Randy attended Morehead State University in Kentucky and acquired a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. While there he was an active member in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was vice-president his junior year and president his senior year. Some of his fondest memories are the times he spent with his fraternity brothers.
After graduation he worked at the Hamilton County Sheriffs Department as a Deputy Sherriff for 26 Years before being forced into retirement and disability.
Approximately in late 2014 at the age of 51 and for no apparent reason he began passing out and losing his vision. These new symptoms often left him with physical injuries. Some of his injuries sustained during falls are a broken nose, lacerations on his head and upper body, broken ribs on several occasions, two broken hips and one day after waking up on the floor he realized he had busted his teeth out. If that’s not bad enough the neuropathy also prevents him from knowing when something is hot and he has burned his legs while eating from a plate in his lap.
With his health and vision in decline he could no longer drive. By June of 2015 Randy began experiencing a worsening in his vision and it was determined he had acquired Autonomic Neuropathy. Autonomic Neuropathy is a group of symptoms that occur when there is damage to the nerves that manage everyday body functions.
During March of 2016 it was determined he was both officially disabled and legally blind. Randy is now limited to a wheel chair for mobility. If all of this is hard to visualize I will share with you how he described his situation to me.
“I feel like I’m on home incarceration inside my own body”.
Amazingly he is in relatively good spirits. I’m not sure I would handle it as well as he has. Randy has always had a charisma that people were drawn to and my hope is that with your compassion and his son’s assistance we can help him continue to have some semblance of a normal independent life.
Our Mission: We would like to raise enough money to make the necessary changes to a home where Randy can continue to live independently. We have located a home that the owner has agreed to match dollar for dollar with rent or if Randy chooses as a deposit on the purchase of the home.
Taking into account Randy’s condition:
· Poor Vision
· The neuropathy effecting his sense of touch
· Falling Down
· The use of a Wheel Chair
· Shower & facilities accommodations
· Emergency Medical Access etc.
We feel the following changes need to be made as soon as possible:
· Keyless Entry locks on the doors because of his difficulty in feeling and seeing keys
· White appliances and cabinets to help see in the kitchen
· Bright lighting
· Widening inner door ways
· Removing 4 steps in the sidewalk and pouring a sloping sidewalk.
· Making the shower and overall bathroom larger and wheel chair friendly
· Installing 3 wider exterior doors to accommodate emergency services.
While confined to a wheel chair Randy’s mind is still clear. He can listen to the TV and read large text with a magnifying glass. He enjoys company and visits from his grandchildren. Randy has four children and two grandchildren.
Stephanie Loos age 27 grandchild Jordan Eckel age 10
Taylor Loos age 21 grandchild Maximus Massey age 3
Nathaniel Loos Senior Harrison High School age 19
Nicholas Loos Senior Harrison High School age 19
Mother: Gail Loos of Lawrenceville, Indiana
Father: Bob Loos Deceased
How you can help: With the significant changes needing to be made in any home when a person has been inflicted with so many medical issues it gets expensive.
· The immediate need is significant. Randy has to get into a home where everything is on one level as soon as possible and where appropriate accommodations have been made to avoid further injury.
· Any financial aid or contribution of service you can make now would be a great help in completing the handicap accommodations.
The compassion of friends, family, coworkers and other anonymous donors who we don’t even know is incredibly humbling. It’s amazing how big some people’s hearts are.
June 28th, 2015
We want to say thank you so very much in advance for your compassion during this difficult time in Randy’s life. With your gift you will be addressing a local and direct need with someone that helped keep greater Cincinnati a pretty safe place to live.
If you have knowledge of handicap issues we welcome your thoughts on how to make life better for Randy. Our hope is that we can get enough volunteers and physical donations so that we don’t fall short financially. If you would like to offer your skills or you have something you would like to donate we welcome your thoughts.
If you would like to reach out please don't hesitate. He would like to hear from you regardless of how well you knew each other. Phone calls from friends as well as catching up with people he knew from school, college, fraternity parties and work always brighten his day.
His number is [phone redacted]
- Robert Frey
- Matt Rachel Harper
- Rudy Ramey
- Bruce Sturm
Organizer and beneficiary
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