Large turnout for Fryin’ For Rhyan


Sedalia community joins #RallyForRhyan with fundraising fish fry

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]



Rhyan Loos, left, talks with her mom, Jen Loos, both of Columbia, after eating dinner at Tuesday night’s Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraiser event at Kehde’s BBQ in Sedalia. Six-year-old Rhyan was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in October 2015. Since then, Central Missouri has rallied around the young girl, the daughter of University of Missouri Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Brad Loos, with various fundraisers and social media support using #RallyForRhyan.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Allen Young, left, and Virgil Tagtmeyer fry up a batch of fish to help feed a large crowd at Kehde’s BBQ for the Fryin’ For Rhyan event hosted Tuesday. A meal ticket included fish, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and a drink, plus a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. Proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric cancer research.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Hunter Summers and her fellow State Fair Community College cheerleaders helped rally support for Rhyan Loos and the Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraiser by cheering and holding “Honk 4 Rhyan” signs outside Kehde’s BBQ along South Limit Avenue.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Kehde’s BBQ employees wait to fill their trays with drinks and plates filled with fish and all the fixings before serving the large crowd gathered for the Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraiser event. Owner John Kehde opened his restaurant, which is usually closed on Tuesdays, for the occasion and donated much of the food. He said all his employees donated their time to serve and cook at the event.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Kehde’s BBQ waitress Tammy Schrader checks to see if, from left, Chris Thompson, Gale Dillon and Randy Dillon need anything else after bringing their fish dinners. The trio was part of a group from the Sedalia Basketball Officials Association who attended Fryin’ For Rhyan and presented a $1,000 check to the Loos family to help with Rhyan’s medical expenses. Schrader, who makes pies for Kehde’s, also baked several desserts for the event’s silent auction.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Rhyan Loos and her mom, Jen Loos, pose for a photo with the State Fair Community College cheerleading squad during Tuesday night’s Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraising event.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Rhyan Loos, 6, holds the hand of her little sister Charli, 2, as their brother, Brady, 7, and mom, Jen, follow along across the Kehde’s BBQ parking lot to Dairy Queen to redeem their free ice cream cones, which were included with the fish dinner at the Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraising event.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

On Tuesday, a day when Kehde’s BBQ is usually closed, the local restaurant was packed with people ready for a fish fry to benefit pediatric cancer research.

Fryin’ For Rhyan was hosted Tuesday night as part of #RallyForRhyan. Six-year-old Rhyan Loos, daughter of University of Missouri Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Brad Loos, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma at the age of 5 in October 2015. Since then, Rhyan has been through several cancer treatments at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Tuesday’s fundraising event featured a fish dinner with sides, plus a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen, for a donation toward pediatric cancer research.

“When Steve Bloess (who helped organize the event) called me back in November and told me about having a fish fry, I thought we’d have about 20 guys in his backyard, eating fish and drinking beer. I never in my wildest dreams pictured this. This is amazing,” Loos said. “It really says a lot about Sedalia and the people in Sedalia and just how big their hearts really are.”

Kehde’s BBQ owner John Kehde opened his restaurant on a day it’s usually closed, plus provided much of the food for the event. His staff also volunteered their time to serve and cook on their day off.

“I bleed black and gold, I’m a University of Missouri fan, and of course (Coach) Kim Anderson is special to Sedalia and the fact that Coach Loos’ daughter has pediatric cancer, they were appealing to Missouri and Columbia that this pediatric research is needed,” Kehde said. “A group of us thought we’d get together and see if we could raise some money. I think it’s been successful.”

While the idea for the event came from #RallyForRhyan, it was also to help raise awareness of pediatric cancer. Brad previously told the Democrat that research is “incredibly underfunded,” but that almost $250,000 has been raised for pediatric cancer research through #RallyForRhyan events across the country. Final numbers weren’t available at press time regarding the success of Tuesday’s fish fry, but Kehde’s was constantly busy and almost every seat outside was filled.

“We’re thankful and appreciative to the Sedalia community for coming out and opening their hearts to us,” Brad said as cars driving down South Limit Avenue honked for “Honk 4 Rhyan” signs held by State Fair Community College cheerleaders. “I feel we’ve really done some good here and I feel like this money’s going toward a great cause.”

While the Loos family isn’t from Sedalia, Brad coached with Kim Anderson, a Sedalia native, at the University of Central Missouri for 12 years and joined him at MU a few years ago. Anderson and a large portion of the Mizzou men’s basketball staff made the drive from Columbia for the event.

Loos said Sedalia has “adopted our family,” and both Anderson and Loos said it was good to be home in Sedalia for a #RallyForRhyan event.

“It’s an unbelievable turnout. I grew up in this town and people are so generous,” Anderson said. “I’m grateful for everyone who came out tonight, I know Brad and Jen and Rhyan and their family are grateful too. All these people came out to support Rhyan, it also raises awareness for pediatric cancer.”

Rhyan is in between cancer treatments and her dad said she’s feeling better these days.

“She’s doing really good, she probably feels the best she’s felt since the start of this whole deal back in October,” he said. “The chemotherapy she’s just done is a gentler chemo in terms of the side effects. Her body’s feeling good and she needed this break. She needed to build herself back up. The next couple treatments will be tough so this has been good for her physically and mentally.”

For updates on Rhyan’s journey, visit Facebook.com/RallyforRhyan.

Rhyan Loos, left, talks with her mom, Jen Loos, both of Columbia, after eating dinner at Tuesday night’s Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraiser event at Kehde’s BBQ in Sedalia. Six-year-old Rhyan was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in October 2015. Since then, Central Missouri has rallied around the young girl, the daughter of University of Missouri Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Brad Loos, with various fundraisers and social media support using #RallyForRhyan.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD052516FryinForRhyan1.jpgRhyan Loos, left, talks with her mom, Jen Loos, both of Columbia, after eating dinner at Tuesday night’s Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraiser event at Kehde’s BBQ in Sedalia. Six-year-old Rhyan was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in October 2015. Since then, Central Missouri has rallied around the young girl, the daughter of University of Missouri Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Brad Loos, with various fundraisers and social media support using #RallyForRhyan. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Allen Young, left, and Virgil Tagtmeyer fry up a batch of fish to help feed a large crowd at Kehde’s BBQ for the Fryin’ For Rhyan event hosted Tuesday. A meal ticket included fish, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and a drink, plus a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. Proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric cancer research.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD052516FryinForRhyan2.jpgAllen Young, left, and Virgil Tagtmeyer fry up a batch of fish to help feed a large crowd at Kehde’s BBQ for the Fryin’ For Rhyan event hosted Tuesday. A meal ticket included fish, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and a drink, plus a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. Proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric cancer research. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Hunter Summers and her fellow State Fair Community College cheerleaders helped rally support for Rhyan Loos and the Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraiser by cheering and holding “Honk 4 Rhyan” signs outside Kehde’s BBQ along South Limit Avenue.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD052516FryinForRhyan-3.jpgHunter Summers and her fellow State Fair Community College cheerleaders helped rally support for Rhyan Loos and the Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraiser by cheering and holding “Honk 4 Rhyan” signs outside Kehde’s BBQ along South Limit Avenue. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Kehde’s BBQ employees wait to fill their trays with drinks and plates filled with fish and all the fixings before serving the large crowd gathered for the Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraiser event. Owner John Kehde opened his restaurant, which is usually closed on Tuesdays, for the occasion and donated much of the food. He said all his employees donated their time to serve and cook at the event.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD052516FryinForRhyan-4.jpgKehde’s BBQ employees wait to fill their trays with drinks and plates filled with fish and all the fixings before serving the large crowd gathered for the Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraiser event. Owner John Kehde opened his restaurant, which is usually closed on Tuesdays, for the occasion and donated much of the food. He said all his employees donated their time to serve and cook at the event. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Kehde’s BBQ waitress Tammy Schrader checks to see if, from left, Chris Thompson, Gale Dillon and Randy Dillon need anything else after bringing their fish dinners. The trio was part of a group from the Sedalia Basketball Officials Association who attended Fryin’ For Rhyan and presented a $1,000 check to the Loos family to help with Rhyan’s medical expenses. Schrader, who makes pies for Kehde’s, also baked several desserts for the event’s silent auction.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD052516FryinForRhyan-5.jpgKehde’s BBQ waitress Tammy Schrader checks to see if, from left, Chris Thompson, Gale Dillon and Randy Dillon need anything else after bringing their fish dinners. The trio was part of a group from the Sedalia Basketball Officials Association who attended Fryin’ For Rhyan and presented a $1,000 check to the Loos family to help with Rhyan’s medical expenses. Schrader, who makes pies for Kehde’s, also baked several desserts for the event’s silent auction. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Rhyan Loos and her mom, Jen Loos, pose for a photo with the State Fair Community College cheerleading squad during Tuesday night’s Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraising event.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD052516FryinForRhyan-6.jpgRhyan Loos and her mom, Jen Loos, pose for a photo with the State Fair Community College cheerleading squad during Tuesday night’s Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraising event. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Rhyan Loos, 6, holds the hand of her little sister Charli, 2, as their brother, Brady, 7, and mom, Jen, follow along across the Kehde’s BBQ parking lot to Dairy Queen to redeem their free ice cream cones, which were included with the fish dinner at the Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraising event.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD052516FryinForRhyan-7.jpgRhyan Loos, 6, holds the hand of her little sister Charli, 2, as their brother, Brady, 7, and mom, Jen, follow along across the Kehde’s BBQ parking lot to Dairy Queen to redeem their free ice cream cones, which were included with the fish dinner at the Fryin’ For Rhyan fundraising event. Nicole Cooke | Democrat
Sedalia community joins #RallyForRhyan with fundraising fish fry

By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Sedalia Democrat

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

comments powered by Disqus