Tavern League provides assistive technology for Unity student

The Polk County Tavern League and local taverns raised the funding needed to provide a “bite stick” that will allow Unity student Brady Lowe, front center, to independently operate his television, Internet and music. Presenting the check (L to R) are PCTL President Curt Liljenberg, Jim Lindberg of J & K’s Eagle Lounge, Ben Huppert of Ben’s Northern Bar, Kathy Cross of St. Croix Tavern, PCTL secretary Keven Cassellius of Kasseltap, PCTL treasurer Mary Cassellius, and Kyle Lindberg of J & K’s Eagle Lounge. - Photo submitted

POLK COUNTY — The Polk County Tavern League and several local taverns have joined forces to better the life of a deserving young man in the community.

On Sept. 27 Brady Lowe, a student at Unity Schools, received the needed funding for a new adaptive device that will dramatically impact his life for the better.

Due to his severe spastic cerebral palsy, Brady is unable to use his hands to perform daily tasks that most people take for granted.  A new device, consisting of glasses with an attached “bite stick,” allows Brady to align his vision with a variety of technology.  The glasses and stick are compatibly linked to any Bluetooth device, an Internet site or a television remote, which means he can independently surf the Web, change the television channel, select a song from a playlist, and more.

A successful trial was conducted with this device last spring with a loaner device from the company, to ensure it would work for Brady.  Upon successfully completing the trial, Brady’s speech pathologist began actively searching for area groups willing to assist with the funding.

To the delight of all involved, the Polk County Tavern League and several local taverns joined together to make Brady’s dream come true by covering the full cost of the device.  Those who helped, along with the Tavern League, were Ben Huppert, owner of Ben’s Northern Bar, Jim and Kyle Lindberg, new owners of J & K’s Eagle Lounge, and Kathy Cross, owner of St. Croix Tavern.

The Lindbergs were so moved by Brady that they also held a meat raffle at their bar Saturday, Sept. 30.  All proceeds from that fundraiser are going to purchase a large-screen tablet that he will need to connect to his new device.

J & K’s Eagle Lounge held a meat raffle Sept. 30 to raise money for a large-screen tablet that will allow Brady Lowe to connect with his new bite stick. All proceeds went to the device. Shown are (L to R): Scott Lowe, Jim Lindgren, Shelly Lowe and Brady Lowe. – Photo submitted