Fundraiser planned for Todd Lower

Local News | 10/19/2016 |

There will be a fundraiser soup and salad meal for Todd Lower on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 5-7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Grant.

Several varieties of soups, salads and desserts will be served for a free-will offering to go towards Lower’s medical expenses. Seed money for the supper has been supplied by Thrivent Financial.

Lower has lived in Perkins County for over 26 years with his girlfriend Tammy Terry. He has worked for Steve’s feed and Seed, Sargent Irrigation and Wendell’s Irrigation. Terry has worked at many places in Grant, including Frenchman Valley Co-op, C-Mart (now In & Out), Kwik-Stop, as a Perkins County E-911 dispatcher, and currently works as a dispatcher in Keith County.

Lower hurt his back in June 2013. It resulted in back surgery, with implements being put in. A serious infection developed in February 2014 that caused him to spend 12 days in a Scottsbluff hospital with months of rehab at home. He has been misdiagnosed several times over the last few years and was finally taken to Kearney Good Samaritan hospital in March 2016.

He had many complications, the worst being a severe sepsis infection around his back hardware and fluid around his heart. The back hardware was removed, and he spent seven weeks in the hospital.

Lower was in-between jobs when the infection started, and therefore had no health insurance. He is currently still recovering, and estimates for rehabilitation are at least another six to nine months.

Those who would like to donate but will be unable to come to the free-will offering fundraiser meal are encouraged to donate online through under Todd’s Medical Bills.

There will be to-go containers available at the fundraiser. The Nebraska-Purdue game is that Saturday, and if the game is going on at the same time as the fundraiser, the game will be played on the radio.

For more information, please call 308-352-4944.