Yard Angels to the rescue
Jon Manchester - Nov 02, 2018 - Get Involved

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The Yard Angels are at it again.

A call for nominations to receive a free yard cleanup resulted in 42 suggestions of people unable to do the work themselves, who could use a helping hand.

No fewer than four of those nominations were for Karen and Randy Lachmuth in East Kelowna.

Last year, during a trip to Australia for his daughter’s wedding, a rogue wave hit Randy and drove him head first to the ocean floor, breaking two vertebrae and rendering him a quadriplegic.

He was airlifted off the beach to Perth, where he was operated on and, after about six weeks in hospital a Canadian medical team flew over to bring him to Vancouver General Hospital, said Ken Murray, who nominated the Lachmuths.

“When he arrived there, he almost died from pneumonia. A month later, he died twice one night and they had to put a pacemaker in. A couple of months later, he got a blood infection which affected his liver and kidneys … Needless to say, he’s been through hell, and somehow he still has a great attitude,” Murray said.

Randy has been at KGH for about three weeks “and is hopefully going to get back to his home that he hasn’t seen since Dec. 31 once he’s a little more stable.”

Randy has worked at Home Hardware on Springfield Road since the early 1990s and has many loyal clients. One of those is Glen Worman of Worman Homes. Glen and a volunteer crew renovated the Lachmuths’ home to receive Randy with donated materials from Home Hardware.

Randy also worked for Murray at Gallagher’s Canyon Construction as a home estimator. And, about three weeks ago, a tournament was held at the golf course there, raising almost $15,000 for Randy and Karen.

The Angels will descend on the Lachmuth home this Saturday for a much-deserved cleanup, spokesperson Colette Kinderdyk said.

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