Help Craig Get Back On His Feet!
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:
Today brings up a lot of emotions and leads me to think about my life and where I see myself in the future. Whenever I look back at the last last two years and where I am today I always think of the people who have been supporting me since day one.
Each day continues to be a challenge not only physically, but also mentally. I’m faced with the decision of how I want to continue. A choice. Do I keep moving forward, of do I not? Despite which choice is made, time continues to move forward. With me, or without me. I choose to move forward.
With the comfort of having a community of support behind me I can have the confidence to turn a challenging situation into an opportunity to learn so I can grow as a person, and not be discouraged by failure or hardships. As long as I’m well intentioned, working to be a good person, and to help others, I know I cannot fail.
Whatever the future has in store for me I will face it head on and continue to live my life, in the way that I choose. No amount of struggle or pain will deter me.
Nothing can hold us back when we take control of our situation and not let it control us.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you. I would not be here today without all of your continued support.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July, and I’m excited to see what the future brings.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.