Torrey Joyner (STH'17) Remains Strong in Face of Rare Condition

Dedham, MA – Torrey Joyner’s philosophy on life and challenges can be best expressed by the words on his favorite T-shirt — “Being Awesome Has Its Advantages.” Wherever this 28-year-old Dedham resident goes he makes a statement — one of positive energy. That energy shows in his smile, his laugh and his spirit. Even his eyes reflect that energy, as he listens to every word people have to say.

For now, it’s life using a wheelchair.

“Amazingly,” said his fiancé, Andrea Lopes. “He is the same person, same spirit, same Torrey.”

“And if you know Torrey, you know he is a huge magnetic spirit with nonstop energy to talk, laugh and listen to others. This has made it easier for me to view him the same, treat him the same and be in love with him in the same way as before, which is pretty remarkable.” 

Read the whole story, written by Linda Thomas and published on August 16, 2017, here.