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Lexington crusader against drunk driving recovering after medical scare

Odds are if you’ve been out in Lexington, you’re familiar with Steve Rader, aka “Radar.” Before there was Uber or Lyft, there was Radar, who has dedicated his life to making sure UK students and Lexington residents get home safely after a night of drinking. After almost losing a family member to drunk driving, Radar joined Kentucky Against Drunk Driving and over the last 15 years, has driven approximately 500,000 people home from the bars. Now, he needs your help.

Radar suffers from Hydrocephalus, the swelling of the brain due to excessive cerebral spinal fluid, and last week, had a brain malfunction in a Walgreens parking lot. According to LEX18, his sister said he passed out in his car and wasn’t found until four days later. Yesterday, he had surgery to place a new shunt in his head and that surgery was successful; however, he’s got a long road to recovery ahead, along with a growing tab of medical expenses.

If you’d like to donate to Radar’s recovery, visit the GoFundMe page set up in his honor.

[LEX 18]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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7 Comments for Lexington crusader against drunk driving recovering after medical scare



  1. JustUrAvg
    10:24 am April 26, 2017 Permalink

    4 days!? Scary to think about. At the expense of being called nosey…we as ppl need to pay closer attention to our surroundings.



  2. gright
    10:47 am April 26, 2017 Permalink

    He wasn’t noticed because other people are waiting that long to have their prescription filled.



  3. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    10:49 am April 26, 2017 Permalink

    Wow, 4 days later!!?? Glad he was found and got the fluid drained. My mother had to have this same type of drainage and the recovery can be hard within itself. You have chance of seizures, massive headaches, poor appetite, mood disorders and many other things. People don’t want to hear this, but the best thing this guy can use for help while going through this, would be medical cannabis. Our state wouldn’t even allow this which is a shame. He should at least be using CBD, which is a component of Marijuana but non psychoactive, meaning no quote unquote “high”. You can actually purchase this legally in any state online. Marijuanas properties actually protects the brain and helps grow healthy brain cells and stops seizures and controls regular brain activities and makes your brain healthy. It also promotes good appetite which is hard to come by while recovering and this vital to recovery. Sleep apnea is also a major symptom of this and that is also helped by medical cannabis. Only reason I even wrote this is to promote and spread the medical value of this plant because it is so much more beneficial than any man made synthetic drug. Look at our state and all the diff types of addiction problems. Its the worse thing happening to our youth! This plant would help this man in a dramatic way! All it takes is a little research and the evidence is there. The damn government even has a patent on this plant for medicinal use, and yet its still a schedule 1 drug along with heroin! its a shame…



    • ready4nineNOW
      12:59 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

      4 days is a ling time. God was watching over a man that has helped so many others. On a separate note, I have to agree with your comments on marijuana. I used to love the stuff, now i can’t stand it. However, as you said, the evidence is right under our noses. Marijuana, in the least, should be legalized for medical purposes. Honestly, I believe it should be for recreational purposes as well. The jobs it would create would be substantial. Smaller scale farms in areas where unemployment rates are high, could provide incomes most people have never experienced. Housing inmates is very expensive for the state. Which means it is very expensive for us as taxpayers. I could write a book on this subject. It is sad, as a Kentucky resident, that my state is SO far behind in this coversation, and so many other residents are ignorant to the benefits.



  4. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    2:45 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

    You’re so right! It has nothing but positive effects for our state and unfortunately we are not represented by Kentuckians! Plain and simple there is no one leading this fight and it is a hard fight to win. So many people would benefit from this and it would dramatically fill the void that our coal shutdown has left us with. Plain and simple if you dont agree with that you’re stuck in the past.. We need another resource in this state to put us back on the map and what better way to do it than the most booming business in America!



  5. Big DAWG Loggin
    4:47 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

    Sounds like there are 500,00 people out there that owe Rader $ome $support.



  6. chessplayer1974
    7:23 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

    Sorry but I just had to do the math. Divide 500,000 by 15 years, then divide by 365 days. That comes out to 93 people he drove home EVERY day for 15 years. Sounds a tad high to me. If just 10% of that answer is correct, the man is in a class by himself, and deserves some help!