Community comes together for Loos family home makeover

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COLUMBIA — This weekend Missourians came together to give the Loos family a home makeover.

Rhyan Loos, 7, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2015.

Rhyan, her siblings Brady and Charli, and parents Brad and Jennifer live in Columbia. Brad Loos is the assistant coach of the Missouri Tigers men's basketball team.

Family friend Amy Dirks and HGTV Design Star winner Jennifer Bertrand organized the makeover. They received donations from places like Flooring America and Sporting Kansas City to make the project happen.

The Loos family lived in the house for about six months before Rhyan's diagnosis, so Dirks said some projects went unfinished as they began treatment. Rhyan regularly travels to New York for treatment.

Volunteers from Kansas City to Columbia joined Dirks and Bertrand to paint, decorate, build and reorganize the Loos house. 

They caught the attention of many Missourians through their Facebook page: "Installing Happiness for Loos Family."

The project will be finished on Sunday and revealed to the Loos family at 6 p.m. 

As they move through the project, Dirks and Bertrand need many different things to help this family. If you are interested in donating in any way, email Amy Dirks at or message the Facebook page

Amy Dirks and Jennifer Bertrand would like to thank those who came to help or donated items to the project: Dave Griggs from Flooring America, artist Teresa Dirks, Victory Project Sporting KC, Ryan Comment from Bootlace Design and Build, Elisa Williamson, Laura and John Wiegel, Donna Johnson, At Home in St. Louis, Play it Again Sports, Mara Cohara, Shannon Crim, Jamie Redeker Sieland, Nancy Lane, Dawn McMullin Classen, Megan Evans Schoeck, Cindy Ellis, Annemarie Daiker and family, Melissa Anderson, Kim Hotchkiss, Kelli Johnson, Gayle Dugdale from Main Street Goods Liberty, Tood Maxwell from Embassy, Ashley Cross Footer and Rick Footer, Mari-Lynn Schritter Poskin, Amanda Thomas, Lisa Nicholson, Lisa Rope, Amy Andruska, Amanda Allen, Nicole Bell, Holly and Tyler, Amy Epple, Dan Gauvin, Jake and Mami Chambers, Deanna Brown-Hood, Keith Henry Caldwell from Caldwell Painting and More, James Krajsa, Brian Fleming, Xochilt Galindo-Salas from J and L Cleaning, Lacy Preismeyer, Hayley Russell, Carol Karle, Karl and Kim Jarrell, Brandon Byer, Nick Healy, Sarah Seegal, Emily Brown, Katie Peacock, Holley Dow, Steve Long and Kaylynn Hood.

Dirks said the people that helped and showed their support are the most important part of this project.

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