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.