David Crider dies Wednesday afternoon after long battle with cancer
July 30, 2008
By T.M. Fasano
David Crider, the Windsor High School student who amazed so many people with his passion for life and his strong faith in God, passed away Wednesday afternoon after a long bout with cancer.
David, 15, who would have been a sophomore at Windsor High School in three weeks, was diagnosed with a rare case of cancer called synovial cell sarcoma in January 2007 and has battled the disease ever since.
David died around 2:15 p.m. in his home northeast of Severance.
Dave Nicholl, a close family friend and a physical education teacher at Skyview Elementary School in Windsor, visited David on Wednesday morning after David’s father, Clay, called Nicholl.
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“I went out and was with David and his family for a chunk of time. I think most of (Wednesday) he was kind of in a sleep mode,” said Nicholl, the former wrestling coach at Windsor High School who is helping the Criders with funeral arrangements. “He wasn’t really responding to everyone around him at that point.”
Nicholl said the news of David’s death is hard on everyone who knew him and his family.
“There is absolutely no parent on Earth that would ever want their child to go through the pain and suffering that he’s had to endure,” Nicholl said. “Their faith in God and their relationship with Jesus Christ is absolutely the cornerstone of what has helped them through all of this.”
David’s mother, Kathy, wrote on his online care page just before 1 p.m. Wednesday that David was put on oxygen and an IV drip for pain. The care page Wednesday night has a photo of Jesus hugging and welcoming a teenage boy at the gates of heaven.
David, whose nickname on his care page was Dspec because he was known as a defensive specialist when he played basketball, was a huge Denver Nuggets fan and was able to watch them practice and get his picture taken with Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson last season. David and his family returned home recently from a Make-A-Wish Foundation trip in Hawaii.
The care page Wednesday afternoon read: “His brothers have loved and touched him all morning long…scripture read …he so loved to have the bible read to him when he needed comfort. We continue to ask for healing – but as God seems to be saying. “NO, it’s time to bring him home to shoot hoops up here…”
The Windsor community stepped up for the last two years raising money to help pay for some of the Criders’ medical bills through fundraisers, auctions, benefits and dinners. One such event on May 23, 2007, called “Shoot For David’s Cure” at the Windsor Community Recreation Center raised $26,000 for David.
“It was a long-fought battle, and I learned bravery and courage from him,” said Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District superintendent Karen Trusler. “We will miss him dearly.”
Nicholl said a memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 6) at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 3920 S. Shields St., in Fort Collins. There will be a light lunch reception following the service, with a special celebration at Lakeview Cemetery in Windsor that afternoon.
Nicholl said there was some talk of David’s memorial service being held at Windsor High School, but there wouldn’t have been enough room. He said a memorial fund will be set up in David’s name.