Join Team Nancy Lower! Give Critical Funds to Keep Her Home!

For: Nancy Lower
Springville, UT
Organizer: Emily Lower
Join Team Nancy Lower! Give Critical Funds to Keep Her Home! (Nancy Lower)
of $100,000 goal
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Raised by 76 donors

The Story

"I just want you to know that you are loved, " Nancy said to her physical therapist on the phone.  She had just invited him to an event that she and her husband were attending this fall.

As a family, we celebrate with Nancy each day for all the she gives us and everyone she meets: her love, her humor, her encouragement and her gift of healing as a nurse and a woman of faith.  

Nancy became paralyzed from the neck down in an accident in the summer of 1999 while she served as the medical director for the Peace Corps in the country of Mauritania in West Africa.  She has defied the odds in living so long as a quadriplegic person.  Her attitude and love of life combined with her care at home has kept her going through the last 18 years, along with visits to doctors and hospitalizations for acute illnesses when needed.

Nancy's greatness of heart seems to grow stronger with every year-- yet time is taking its toll on her body and her physical needs are much greater now.  In the fall of 2016 she was hospitalized with a pressure ulcer, her first in 18 years.  The challenges of the ulcer have meant she has had to stay in bed for almost all of 2017.  She no longer gets up in her wheelchair to sit at the dining room table to read the Bible or magazines using her mouth stick. She no longer goes out to do errands, see a play or watch a local baseball game. The only trips now are to the doctor, church or an occasional event.  In spite of Nancy's increased incapacitation, her spirit is strong. She loves us and she loves living.

We do not receive financial assistance through Medicare for Nancy's daily care including day, night and now overnight shifts.  All of our care workers are privately paid by donations from people who are committed to keeping Nancy at home where she has a much higher quality of life than she would have in any long-term care facility.

In the last year, the cost of Nancy's care needs has increased from $30,000 to $60,000 per year.  This fall we will spend the last of our personal and family savings and will run out of money to provide Nancy's care unless we are able to replenish the Nancy Lower Fund.

Will you join us in supporting Nancy at this time in her life? Will you celebrate her love of living and her gratitude at being able to live at home with us? 

We have been blessed by all the love and support we have received over the years from friends and family including the gifts given through We hope Nancy's story inspires you to support this amazing woman, and her crusade to live life to the fullest in the place she loves the most-- her home. Join us now! 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 2, 2018

Posted on March 2, 2018

Hello friends & family!

Nancy discharged today from the Utah Valley Specialty Hospital! Halleluiah! After two months away, we brought our sweet mom-wife-grandma-aunt home where she peacefully went to sleep in her own bed.

We are very grateful for all the staff at four different facilities who have cared for her since Dec. 30. She had cellulitis. Recovered. "Flap surgery" to cover an open wound. Recovered. And now continues to doing "sitting trials" in different chairs to make sure the "flap" from the surgery is holding, and for her to get stronger sitting up. She has been in bed for the most part since October of 2017.

In the last two months two of our care workers went in to see my mom, one almost daily.  The family rotated 'shifts' to be with her throughout the week.

So we are happy to get our home routine going again with the support of all of you.

Lots of love, from the Lowers

P.S. Nancy has a brand new Tilt-in-Space manual wheelchair coming soon. It has great padding & back and leg adjustments so you can lie down!  The other news is that Charla is driving home our new wheelchair van (2012) from Colorado this week.  We purchased it from the family of a good family friend! Mom and dad were in a car accident lin December, and their van was totaled. We are relieved to have made this purchase. (They were both okay by the way.)

Posted on January 31, 2018

Posted on January 31, 2018

Just read my last post. Mom has basically been in a facility since Dec. 30, 2017. She went in to the hospital in Provo with cellulitis. She was moved from there to a brand new facility south of us in a town called Salem for further rehab. Charla ingeniously got her home for two days to go to church & out to dinner before going back to the American Fork hospital for her "flap procedure." After a year of dealing with infections and healing the wound as best we could, the surgeon finally agreed to cover the wound with a flap of skin. Amazing!

Mom's surgery was Jan. 17, and since the 19th she has been at the Utah Valley Specialty Hospital.  She is now a week and a half into her three week rehab. She is on a sand bed!  It is not like going to the beach. Well actually it is. Strangely the bed has sand in it and also blown air. It resembles a raft.  It is a special 2000 pound bed (!) that helps people with surgeries like hers. There is no pressure on her lower body.

Nancy spirits are mostly up. She is well cared for, and accustomed to the routines and staff. Our caregivers spend time with Nancy at the hospital in place of their hours they would work here at home. Dad is the most dedicated visitor going in most afternoons. Charla and I visit as we can around work.

Thank you again to anyone who reads this post whether you have sent a financial gift or not. Everyone's love and support is welcome. Thank you,

Posted on January 3, 2018

Posted on January 3, 2018

We so appreciate the generous heart and spirit of everyone. Thank you for your support of Nancy's care & our family. What an amazing experience to receive so many donations from friends and family across the country and the globe. We have gotten very close to our financial goal of 60K and have more pledges coming in in 2018! 

On Nancy:  On Saturday, December 30, 2017, Nancy went in to the local hospital with cellulitis in her right leg.  It is greatly improved with IV antibiotics. Today we hope she will be discharged, and are working with the social worker on whether insurance will cover her care at home or if she needs to go a rehab center. 

At first when she was admitted, her spirits were down because her 'flap procedure' (surgery planned for Jan. 17) would be affected.  She has bounced back and is making friends with hospital staff.  And. . .We hope the surgery will only be postponed. As a recap-- the procedure will cover the wound she has had for a year, and make it more possible for her to sit up and be more active.

Thanks again for your gifts, your thoughts and prayers. With love, the Lowers

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