Randy's Road to Recovery
While Randy’s injuries are devastating, the good news is that Randy is making progress and continues to work hard in a variety of therapy sessions on a daily basis.
After spending the first 5 weeks at Harborview Regional Trauma Center (where a five minute breathing test was a huge achievement) and the past 5 weeks at the University of Washington Medical Center in the acute rehab department (where his tracheotomy was removed last Tuesday) he is preparing for the next step in the “Randy’s Road to Recovery” journey.
At some point in the next month or so, Randy will be relocating to a rehab facility nearer to his family in the Bellingham, Washington area. Randy has several goals as you can see (poster courtesy of two of his granddaughters)
with goal number 5… to be back cheering us dog show folks on at ringside sometime soon.... which brings us to the reason for this “Go Fund Me” site.
In order for Randy’s family to transport him to appointments, volunteer opportunities, family events and yes eventually a dog show or two – they will require a wheelchair accessible van. We’ve done the research - new or used, hot rod or basic - and determined vans are expensive and our goal is pretty realistic.
You have all provided great support with your prayers, well wishes, cards and visits – but now we are asking for your help to raise enough funds to offset or purchase outright a wheelchair accessible van.
There are many great causes worth your support and we appreciate your consideration in making this one of them.
I have a new request for those of you who would like to brush up on their letter writing skills. As much of a tragedy as last September 8th was all by itself - the legal system still needs to run it's course and go through it's own process. For Randy that means facing criminal charges and while we all hope those will ultimately be dismissed - face them he must. His attorney has asked for those who would be willing to write a "character reference" letter than can be included with other documents and presented to the Prosecutor. Letters should be addressed to King County Superior Court on behalf of Randolph W Schepper. You can snail mail to me - Terri Sagmoen, 19715 1st Place SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 or send as an email attachment to me. If you have any questions - feel free to use the email associated with the GoFundMe account or my cell is 206 200-1002. Thanks in advance for your help....again. The "Golden Retriever" is doing great and providing transportation to both fun events and necessary appointments.
July 1 Update
Faith, Patience, Blessons and Stumbling Blocks
Goodbye and farewell to June. The month of June decided to challenge all my previous writings and I had to turn several stumbling blocks into stepping stones. The good news is I am overcoming the challenges.
June 13th I awoke to a shortness of breath and headed for the hospital. The first diagnosis was pneumonia, but that was shortly ruled out, so they admitted me for further testing. If this is boring and too much information for you, skip to the last paragraph.
The tests revealed I had an infection that had spread to my blood stream and in turn caused fluid on my heart. Needless to say I had a few rough days coping with all this. My heart was damaged about 10 years ago, so I am evidently prone to these complications. So I spent a week in the hospital, then a week in recovery and now it is the end of the month and I am finally feeling good. Yea for good doctors and good medicine. I have many more tests coming up but I am hopeful for good results.
On a lighter note, the first week in June brought many great events. My granddaughter Roza had her performance of the Wizard of Oz and she did a fantastic job.
The following Monday my youngest granddaughter , Ellie Rae celebrated her 1st birthday with cake on her face and many great memories.
My other granddaughter Willa performed in her 5th grade all school concert and did a stunning job on her cello. Finally, Atticus had several potty training successes that were celebrated with chocolate cake. Oops, almost forgot a wonderful Fathers Day celebration at my new house. I am so proud of my family.....they are very special.
All in all it was a very rough month, but with family, friends, and lots of prayers we made it to July unscathed. Happy day!
PS -shorten your lead a little bit on the down and back so you can maintain a nice straight line.
Randy, you do not know me. I am sure you have seen me the last 20 years Hobbling around the ring and now use a scooter. I too had a accident that left me at the time unable to move from the waist down, they told me I would never walk again! But I do, not well but the world of dog show friends and my dogs got me up, it was a slow process, but do NOT ever give up, If your spine was not severed you can recover more then doctors know. I will pray for you.
Wow! What a month of challenges - but you have overcome as you always seem to do no matter how high the wall! Well done! And thanks for the tip on the down and back!! Once a teacher, always a teacher - and I love it!
Salty, Lance and I love you Randy. I missed seeing you at the Seattle show and wonder if you bothered to go. I went and entered just to see your smiling face again. Duffy took the SV breed win - A Salty cousin Shorty had a few walks and talks through the facility but is not showring ready yet. I hope and pray you are continuing to recover with the beautiful grace and style of Randy Schepper. Shows are simply not the same with you not there. God's love@ Blessings to you.
I am glad you are reaching your goals. Congratulations!
Oh Randy, I know that turtle shell sooooo well!!! I'm very happy you are out of it! Hope to see you soon at a show close by. Take care and Jazz says HI and keep on rolling.... Love Ya
Randy, we have had you in our prayers here and will continue to keep sending them your way. We are inspired by the team and family that is supporting you, and will look forward to seeing you once again soon at a dog show!
See Randy, I told you Salukis were good for something.. even as just helpers.... take care my friend and know if anything is needed you have lots of friends to help you out.... don't be afraid to ask for help
I don't believe I ever met Julie but she sounds wonderful - just the kind of person I love to be around! An unimaginable loss. My heart and prayers are with you, Randy,
Doubt you remember me Randy but I bet you remember my dogs! Thanks for being such a great guy to work with. Im sorry this has happened to you and Im glad to have a chance to help.
I would like to say, the amount raised already speaks volumes about Randy and the dog world we all share! The amount raised averages $80 each. Just goes to show every LITTLE bit helps. Keep posting to our FB timelines and Randy will have his van in no time! Let's DO THIS!!
Just as you've always done at the shows, Randy, you're bringing out the best in people! I am so proud of our dog show family. You will be cruisin' in style before long! Keep up the great progress on your PT - and we'll see you ringside - SOON!
You have always been so kind.
Probably one of the last people to hear about your tragedy, Randy. My heart and prayers are with you. You, truly, are a "class act". Always kind, helpful and genuine. You came to my aid several times when I needed help. I wish there was more I could do now to help you but prayers to our Heavenly Father are strong. I hope you have reached out to Take The Lead to help you through this life changing set back. I know you will conquer and go on to a productive future. God is with you!
A real class act 'dear' Randy. We love you. I'll never forget your comment on retirement of my Champion Kuvasz, Snogo. thank you for showing him, not an easy task.
It doesn't matter how you feel about dog shows and purebred dogs. The man has lost his wife, his independence, and needs help from fellow human beings. Will you be one?