Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, June 19 2014 at 12:51 PM, Updated: Thu, June 19 2014 at 2:17 PM
I Medford family man living with Multiple Sclerosis gets an unsuspecting surprise after exhausting all other options to help him get around at home. A trip to his favorite hardware store spawned an effort by volunteers that that left he and his family feeling grateful.
Since buying their home two and a half years ago, Mark Towery has had to make some big improvements to his home.
"I was at Home Deport four-five times a week.
Towery said. That's because for the last 13 years, he's lived with MS- a debilitating nerve disease which has him bound to a wheelchair. That made it difficult for him to get around and enjoy the beauty of his new home, especially outside in the garden.
Mark said they tried everything within their budget. boards, Wood chips and even rubber mats but he says, "We would get out there and I would get stuck in the mud, track in dirt to the house it was an on going issue.
Eventually, the couple had enough and searched for a better solution. They went to Home Depot for answers.
Towery says "The manager and him (store associate) discussed it and felt like pouring a concrete path was a viable option. But we said, you know, we don't have $5,000 laying around, we're looking for something more economical.
Towey was met with a feeling of defeat as the store's associate left, only to return a few minutes later with some good news.
"He said we'll do it for ya" Towery explained and Thursday, volunteers from Home Depot, a load of donated concrete from Knife River Construction and some helpful friends, the Towery's dreams came true. Mark's wife, Helen is still reeling with excitement.
"He's just fabulous and deserves it... He's the most humble man.
Beyond the new patio on Towery's back deck, he and his wife say it's the message of the story that they hold close to their hearts.
"We try to serve the community in other ways that we can and that he can. So when we get back, it's just heartwarming." Helen said.
Today didn't only pay off for the Towery's. It was paid forward by the generous volunteers and a big heart of some local hardware store employees.
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News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.
Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.