"Bowl Like Casey": $5K Goal Surpassed Thanks To Generous Donation

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

August 17, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Friends and family of Casey Sowers hosted a bowling event to raise money for his special needs.

As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, 21Alive News got word that someone made a last minute donation of $6,000 towards a new Lightwriter for Casey Sowers. They have now surpassed their goal of $5,000 and have officially raised $8,500. Casey's Lightwriter costs $7,000.

Sunday, August 17:

Casey Sowers speaks through what is called a Lightwriter. The problem is he's had this Lightwriter since the third grade, and now at 25-years old, well, it's time for a new one.

"It will help me to continue to communicate better with people,” said Casey.

Which is why Casey's close friend, Austin Grate, decided to throw "Bowl Like Casey Day" to help raise money toward a new Lightwriter, which costs $7,000.

“Casey's really inspired me in a lot of ways. You get caught up in every day experiences with work and whatnot with friends and family, and to come out here and see Casey enjoying life to the fullest, it really does put a warm feeling in your heart,” said Austin Grate.

And how does Casey bowl?...With his feet.

"He usually beats me by 10-15 points every time,” said Grate.

Casey has cerebral palsy which has affected his speech and motor skills, and claimed most of the movement in his arms.

So other than bowling, Casey uses his feet for everything in his life. In fact, his dream is to start his own lawn mowing business.

"Because I want to keep busy with my life instead of doing nothing,” said Casey.

He may be a man of few words, but how he feels towards his family and friends...there aren't enough.

"I feel honored to think that people would care enough about me to throw a fundraiser for me. It means that I have some very special friends and it makes me very happy!" said Casey.

"If someone like Casey can wake up and have that positive mindset on life and take it for what it is man, just kick back and enjoy life while you can,” said Grate.

Casey says although he lives a different life from most people, he doesn't feel any different from anyone else.

And, although the event is over, friends and family are still accepting donations online. So far, more than $2,000 have been raised.

To donate, click on “Bowl Like Casey” under News Links on our homepage.

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