12 years ago Derrick Lowe dove into shallow water at Lake Tyler leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. However, the tragic accident is not keeping him away from the lake. He wants to compete in a bass fishing tournament, but he needs help to get there.
He says it’s his love for his wife and fishing that keeps him carrying on even when it’s hard.
“I’ve just sat around a lot thinking what can I do to ya know positive in life to maybe get out of this depressive rut that many people like me are in,” Lowe said.
That’s when he found the Texas Team Trail Bass Fishing Tournament online.
“If I can get out there and get started start bringing in a little money I can contribute that way and maybe help out people that want to do the same thing, ya know get out and enjoy the world,” he said.
He told KETK his disability keeps him from working, but he wants to contribute to society.
ADA Boats in Florida is helping to build him a wheelchair-accessible boat, but he needs help raising the money for it.
“It has a lift that’s built from the front of it that lowers and raises and you just roll right up into it,” Lowe said. “He can even manufacture the boat to where you can drive it yourself.”
Lowe also said Access 2 Mobility in Tyler offered him a sponsorship to transport him back and forth between venues.
He said competing will help give him a sense of purpose. He also wants to use fishing to help others.
“One day I would like to raise enough money to have ADA boats be able to build maybe 50 boats and start a paraplegic, quadriplegic or disabled fishing tournament,” he said.
His wife said she’ll be there every step of the way.
“I know he’ll make it, I’ll be there with him, cheering him on,” his wife Mayra Davila said.
It’s with that support and his faith in God that Lowe said he knows he can accomplish anything.
“God always leads you to the promised land, no matter what your goals are, you’ll get there,” Lowe said. “Just keep positive and stay with it and work at it and eventually you’ll make it.”
To help Lowe reach his fundraising goal and be able to get the wheelchair-accessible boat, click here.