Help Craig Get Back On His Feet!

$134,303 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 1,658 people in 23 months
Cedric Yann Keppler
on behalf of Craig Towler
 AURORA, CO
Dear Supporters,

On July 4th, our most selfless and generous friend, Craig Towler, was struck by a reckless driver in a tragic accident which resulted in the amputation of both of his legs. Through his truly remarkable heroism, Craig saved his own life that day.

After being struck and pinned between two cars, Craig had the wherewithal to instruct his roommate and neighbor to lay him on the ground and create tourniquets out of their belts until paramedics arrived. Doctors later said that this act of bravery and heroism saved his life.

Craig serves as an inspiration to those of us who know him and those who will read his story. However, for his friends and family his inspiration did not begin with this tragic moment.

At only 28-years-old, Craig had found his passion – fitness, endurance sports, and helping others achieve their fitness goals. Craig lives a healthy lifestyle; he doesn’t drink alcohol, eat sugar and often works out twice a day. 

He even joined BBSC Endurance Sports and Your Cause Sports because he wanted to work with a company that caters to others. He truly dedicates his personal and professional life to the betterment of others and the community. On July 4th, while many of us were out celebrating, Craig was returning from such an event; the Star Spangled Splash 5K & 10K, where he timed his first race by himself. He was so happy to have done such a good job in his new position.

It’s rare for us to find a passion and then make that passion our life’s work – but Craig did it. He provides tangible proof that we can make a positive life change if we so choose.

We have no doubt that Craig will pull through this tragedy and that he will once again inspire us, but it will be a long road to recovery. In order to help Craig, we have setup a Go Fund Me page on his behalf. It is time to give back to the most selfless individual that we know. 

We are asking for your help to support Craig and his family with the financial burden of this tragedy. Prosthetic legs, medical bills, insurance expenses, physical and emotional rehab, home and vehicle modifications, all add up and his mother will not be able to do it alone. 

Please help by sharing this story with others and/or donating to his cause so that he may return to the lifestyle that he deserves. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your consideration and help.

Visit Craig's story in his own words here: 
https://www.rhone.com/blogs/collective/my-story-by-craig-towler

http://kdvr.com/2016/07/05/teenage-driver-in-boulder-crash-might-have-been-texting-under-influence/
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"Please join me on July 4th, 2017 to celebrate life! One year ago, my life was forever changed and I witnessed a community come together in support of me and my recovery. I am forever grateful to each and every person who donated to my recovery, helped share my story or even had a positive thought or prayer for me and my family. I will never be able to show my true gratitude for all your kindness, but I would like to invite everyone to celebrate my alive day with me at the first annual Craig Towler Freedom Run. I'd like to use this opportunity to once again come together as a community and to show the world that life is good and there is nothing more powerful than having perseverance and a positive attitude! The 4th of July is the day I became a survivor and I'd love to share it with everyone that's been my support and motivation to not only keep going, but to succeed and continue to live life to the fullest despite the obstacles that are placed in our way. We have so much power as a community it's truly an honor to invite you all to celebrate life on Independence Day! Please use the link in the bio for more details, and feel free to message me with any questions as well. Thanks! "

- Craig

Register:
http://www.bbscrun.com/craigtowlerfreedomrun
https://www.craigtowler.com/
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Craig is walking without his walker! He can walk a quarter mile in one session and that distance keeps increasing each week! Here is a video of his progress.
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Every week, Craig gets to walk farther and for a longer period of time. Then, his legs need to heal from the pressure caused by standing, and a week later he is back up and walking again!
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Here is the story on Craig that Channel 7 News at 10 aired last night. He continues to inspire!

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/boulder-man-inspiring-others-after-losing-legs-in-tragedy
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Emily Harvey
23 months ago

So sorry to hear about this. I know there is a lot of processing going on right now with everything that's happened. I've been an amputee for about 30 years and I'm also a triathlete local to the Denver area. I just wanted to reach out to offer my support if you ever feel like you'd like someone to talk to and I'm also involved with a local activities-based support group called LIM359. If you are ever looking for a fun group of amputees to hang out with and talk to, we're here for you. Wishing you all the best, and please reach out if you ever feel like I could be helpful to you on your journey.

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Greg Plavidal
23 months ago

Craig, everyone at Anytime Fitness has got your back. I have a constant flow of members coming in to share a quick stories of how you helped them out in the gym in one way or another, and about how kind and genuine you are to everyone. We are praying for you, pulling for you, and ready to assist in any way possible.

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Jane Laughlin
23 months ago

Craig I will never forget how you lifted my son up off the floor when he fell in defeat and needed support We are here to lift you up now Thank you Praying

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Liz Helen
23 months ago

I've known Craig since kindergarten. Such a great guy. I'm a nurse in NYC and I recently took care of a sweet 16 year old girl who endured a very similar event. Her strength, inner beauty and positivity got her through it!! Craig, stay strong and positive!

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Lisa Marie
23 months ago
9
9

This is just a bump in the road. I don't know you but I do know the universe doesn't give us anything we can't handle. In the moment you stood fast and remained level....because of that, you are alive. Your story has absolutely touched my heart. Positive vibes, healing and love. Hang in there!!

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Greg Furuya
23 months ago
8
8

If anyone can overcome an obstacle like this, it's you. If you need ANYTHING, let me know. Love ya brotha. You're a beast!!

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Bradley Kubasta
23 months ago
5
5

Craig is one of the best people I've ever known. He was my room mate in Boulder in a house and a time of my life that I view as the very best years so far. He also worked hard for my family's company in loveland for several years. He is a gentle, smart, hard working, loyal person and friend who would never want to cause harm to anyone. I feel bad because I haven't seen or talked to him lately but I hope he knows or reads this and knows that I have loads of love in my heart for him. I'm sure he's being strong right now and selflessly worrying about others because that's the way Craig is. I love you hamburger.

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Jeffrey Oates
23 months ago
4
4

Craig, the spirit you have shown thus far will inspire generations to come. While not best friends, the short time I had with you was enough to show the genuine spirit you had. Not ONCE was I bored with you. I always laughed. You brought humor, sensitivity, realism and idealism into this world. I KNOW this is a start of a tough journey but a journey where you will help write history. If you ever need to talk day or night get a hold of me brother. I'm up 24/7 and never sleep.

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Adam Van
23 months ago
4
4

I am here for you brother, any way possible! Just a bump for you I know it, hope to come see you soon! Keep your head up big guy, we all love you!!

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Heather Smith Teegarden
23 months ago
4
4

If you haven't already, reach out to the Search Foundation. They are supported by event industry professionals to support other event industry professionals when they need it most.

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Mike Gould
23 months ago
3
3

Craig, I'm so sorry to hear of what happened. Come next Friday if this is still I'll put some money on this page for you. It brought tears to my eyes knowing what this does. Know even tho we all don't hang your buddies you used to work with are here for you and pushing for you brother. Keep your head up Craig! Love you buddy!

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Allison Filderman
23 months ago
3
3

Sending you love and strength as you heal.

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Brette Petway
23 months ago
2
2

God is blessing you, Craig. You look amazing and my prayer is that you heal through this and share your journey with all of us. Your courage is contagious dear friend. Loving the updates and that I'm able to support you. Much love, always peace.

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Nick Oz
23 months ago
2
2

Craigory! I was very upset when I learned about this happening. You are the last dude in the world to deserve it. I wish there was more I could do for you buddy. I have only fond memories of being your neighbor and roommate for those couple years. I was thinking about you just last week. Looking like a champ throwin out the thumbs ups! If I know you like I think I do, you'll go full Craig mode and grab this thing by the horns! I hope nothing but the best for you for what is to come.

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Bev Campbell
22 months ago
1
1

Hi Craig, Many of your former Mesa teachers have been following all the updates on Cedric and are pleased you are doing so well. I frequently volunteer at the BCH gift shop on Friday afternoons, so if you happen to come for any of your therapy on Friday afternoon, stop by and say HI.

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JoAnn Nordman Schmohe
23 months ago
1
1

Oh...My...Gosh... Just look at you, Craig! I am blown away!! You are AMAZING!!! (I’d be nervous if I were your PT!)

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Don Harmon
23 months ago
1
1

Craig we love you and we're here for you, be strong, we believe in you!

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Susie Koprowski
23 months ago
1
1

Craig! You're the man! Loving all these positive updates about your progress ! Whitney Mike and I are sending you all kinds of positive thoughts on your recovery! ❤️ The Koprowski's

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Alison Dwyer
23 months ago
1
1

Your strength and positive attitude are unbelievable! So glad to hear how well your recovery is going so far and I'm sure it won't be long before we see you at theryou! Sending love and prayers your way!

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Lindy Bartruff
23 months ago
1
1

To "update 5"...Absolutely Amazing!!!

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3 months ago
JB
$100
Judy Box
3 months ago

Moving forward every day...well done.

$100
Anonymous
6 months ago
MD
$60
Mark and Cindy DeTrempe
7 months ago

In honor of Dave Deroche's 60th birthday! Craig you are an inspiration to all of us in Barrington!

MD
$200
Mark and Cindy DeTrempe
7 months ago

A belated donation in memory of Bob Schiewe! Thinking of Amanda and the whole Schiewe family.

JC
$75
John and Darcy Cox
10 months ago

In memory of Bob Schiewe

JJ
$50
Jenny Jediny
10 months ago

In memory of Bob Schiewe. With love, Jenny and Mark.

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Anonymous
10 months ago
$50
Karen Lange Roemer
10 months ago
1
1

What a wonderful way to honor Bob!!! It's a pleasure to be a part of all of this!!! Jim and Karen Roemer

Emily Harvey
23 months ago

So sorry to hear about this. I know there is a lot of processing going on right now with everything that's happened. I've been an amputee for about 30 years and I'm also a triathlete local to the Denver area. I just wanted to reach out to offer my support if you ever feel like you'd like someone to talk to and I'm also involved with a local activities-based support group called LIM359. If you are ever looking for a fun group of amputees to hang out with and talk to, we're here for you. Wishing you all the best, and please reach out if you ever feel like I could be helpful to you on your journey.

+ Read More
Greg Plavidal
23 months ago

Craig, everyone at Anytime Fitness has got your back. I have a constant flow of members coming in to share a quick stories of how you helped them out in the gym in one way or another, and about how kind and genuine you are to everyone. We are praying for you, pulling for you, and ready to assist in any way possible.

+ Read More
Jane Laughlin
23 months ago

Craig I will never forget how you lifted my son up off the floor when he fell in defeat and needed support We are here to lift you up now Thank you Praying

+ Read More
Liz Helen
23 months ago

I've known Craig since kindergarten. Such a great guy. I'm a nurse in NYC and I recently took care of a sweet 16 year old girl who endured a very similar event. Her strength, inner beauty and positivity got her through it!! Craig, stay strong and positive!

+ Read More
Lisa Marie
23 months ago
9
9

This is just a bump in the road. I don't know you but I do know the universe doesn't give us anything we can't handle. In the moment you stood fast and remained level....because of that, you are alive. Your story has absolutely touched my heart. Positive vibes, healing and love. Hang in there!!

+ Read More
Greg Furuya
23 months ago
8
8

If anyone can overcome an obstacle like this, it's you. If you need ANYTHING, let me know. Love ya brotha. You're a beast!!

+ Read More
Bradley Kubasta
23 months ago
5
5

Craig is one of the best people I've ever known. He was my room mate in Boulder in a house and a time of my life that I view as the very best years so far. He also worked hard for my family's company in loveland for several years. He is a gentle, smart, hard working, loyal person and friend who would never want to cause harm to anyone. I feel bad because I haven't seen or talked to him lately but I hope he knows or reads this and knows that I have loads of love in my heart for him. I'm sure he's being strong right now and selflessly worrying about others because that's the way Craig is. I love you hamburger.

+ Read More
Jeffrey Oates
23 months ago
4
4

Craig, the spirit you have shown thus far will inspire generations to come. While not best friends, the short time I had with you was enough to show the genuine spirit you had. Not ONCE was I bored with you. I always laughed. You brought humor, sensitivity, realism and idealism into this world. I KNOW this is a start of a tough journey but a journey where you will help write history. If you ever need to talk day or night get a hold of me brother. I'm up 24/7 and never sleep.

+ Read More
Adam Van
23 months ago
4
4

I am here for you brother, any way possible! Just a bump for you I know it, hope to come see you soon! Keep your head up big guy, we all love you!!

+ Read More
Heather Smith Teegarden
23 months ago
4
4

If you haven't already, reach out to the Search Foundation. They are supported by event industry professionals to support other event industry professionals when they need it most.

+ Read More
Mike Gould
23 months ago
3
3

Craig, I'm so sorry to hear of what happened. Come next Friday if this is still I'll put some money on this page for you. It brought tears to my eyes knowing what this does. Know even tho we all don't hang your buddies you used to work with are here for you and pushing for you brother. Keep your head up Craig! Love you buddy!

+ Read More
Allison Filderman
23 months ago
3
3

Sending you love and strength as you heal.

+ Read More
Brette Petway
23 months ago
2
2

God is blessing you, Craig. You look amazing and my prayer is that you heal through this and share your journey with all of us. Your courage is contagious dear friend. Loving the updates and that I'm able to support you. Much love, always peace.

+ Read More
Nick Oz
23 months ago
2
2

Craigory! I was very upset when I learned about this happening. You are the last dude in the world to deserve it. I wish there was more I could do for you buddy. I have only fond memories of being your neighbor and roommate for those couple years. I was thinking about you just last week. Looking like a champ throwin out the thumbs ups! If I know you like I think I do, you'll go full Craig mode and grab this thing by the horns! I hope nothing but the best for you for what is to come.

+ Read More
Bev Campbell
22 months ago
1
1

Hi Craig, Many of your former Mesa teachers have been following all the updates on Cedric and are pleased you are doing so well. I frequently volunteer at the BCH gift shop on Friday afternoons, so if you happen to come for any of your therapy on Friday afternoon, stop by and say HI.

+ Read More
JoAnn Nordman Schmohe
23 months ago
1
1

Oh...My...Gosh... Just look at you, Craig! I am blown away!! You are AMAZING!!! (I’d be nervous if I were your PT!)

+ Read More
Don Harmon
23 months ago
1
1

Craig we love you and we're here for you, be strong, we believe in you!

+ Read More
Susie Koprowski
23 months ago
1
1

Craig! You're the man! Loving all these positive updates about your progress ! Whitney Mike and I are sending you all kinds of positive thoughts on your recovery! ❤️ The Koprowski's

+ Read More
Alison Dwyer
23 months ago
1
1

Your strength and positive attitude are unbelievable! So glad to hear how well your recovery is going so far and I'm sure it won't be long before we see you at theryou! Sending love and prayers your way!

+ Read More
Lindy Bartruff
23 months ago
1
1

To "update 5"...Absolutely Amazing!!!

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