On Monday, May 15, Building Homes for Heroes, a national nonprofit organization that gives mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, hosted its 10th annual Evanchik Family Golf Classic in New Jersey. At the event, USMC Sgt. Brian Lowe and his family were surprised with the announcement of their mortgage-free home in Royal Palm Beach.
Upon returning from a tour in Afghanistan, Lowe began experiencing pain and other symptoms. He was diagnosed with tongue and throat cancer at 31 years old. He was told that exposure during his tour deteriorated his body, and the cancer started progressing quickly.
Since his cancer recurrence, he has undergone debilitating treatments of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. After suffering agonizing pain from the unsuccessful treatment, Lowe made the difficult decision to undergo surgery to remove his tongue and voice box. He will never be able to speak or eat normally again, and is still recovering from the operation.
For his service to his country, Lowe has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Award, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, NATO Operation Enduring Freedom Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
ABOVE: Sgt. Brian Lowe