For Lance Corporal Joey Lowe, being a part of The Fund has given him “peace of mind, whether it is [providing] medical equipment or [helping with] an emergency, where I don’t have to stress or have a mental panic attack … Just to have you guys in the back pocket for that peace of mind is huge.”
Inspired to live up to the challenge of being a Marine, Joey followed in his father’s military footsteps and faithfully served our country for four years. He deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where Joey suffered a severe spinal cord injury that required multiple surgeries and long-lasting rehabilitation back in the States. At the hospital, Joey’s family first met his Semper Fi & America’s Fund case manager, Christy, who has become like family to the Lowe’s.
When Joey underwent spinal cord surgery in Colorado, The Fund covered the cost of travel and hotel/ food expenses for Joey and his family, allowing them to stay together in a residence that was modified and adapted to fit the unique needs of this warrior.
“My first thought is always, ‘How will I solve this?’ because that’s how Marines are trained, but I always have The Fund and Christy,” said Joey. “There is no other organization that offers the family feel like The Fund does.”
The Fund also provided Joey and his family with outlets to meet other service members —including those healing from spinal cord injuries — to ensure this courageous family had all the support they needed throughout Joey’s journey to recovery.
“I got to hang out with guys who were EXACTLY like me … [they know] all the things you deal with being paralyzed. That was one of my biggest memories,” said Joey.
Marisha, Joey’s wonderful wife, added, “I really feel the family part of The Fund because of the caregiver retreats and having someone to go through this with, answer questions, or say nothing but have that understanding of the situation. Having support like that helps me and helps me help Joey.”
Inspired by Joey’s never-give-up attitude, The Fund has also supported his active lifestyle, which includes Nordic skiing, fly fishing, swimming, and hand-cycling — all of which have helped with Joey’s mental rehab and continuing independence.
As The Fund continues to travel this journey with Joey, Marisha, and their four beautiful children — Daniel, Joshua, Benjamin, and Faith — we are forever grateful to be a part of their family and honored to call them a part of ours.