Man dies after $50,000 campaign to save his life
THE Crows Nest community is mourning the loss of well-loved resident Warren Fowler, who lost his battle with cancer.
Mr Fowler died on Thursday morning, surrounded by friends and family at St Andrew's Hospital Toowoomba. He was 46.
Mr Fowler's story made headlines last month when a GoFundMe campaign set up to pay for an expensive treatment for him reached more than $50,000.
He was set to start treatment at St Andrew's with the new drug, which the family hoped would give him another year with loved ones.
His sister Cindy Fowler said she was at least glad her brother's battle with terminal renal cancer was short.
"It's been really tough - it's cruel to watch someone suffer like that. I'm just glad he didn't suffer for long," she said.
She described Mr Fowler as a kind and humble man, who was lucky enough to feel the love of the Crows Nest community through the GoFundMe campaign.
"Just the out-pouring of love has been just amazing. It was great he got to feel that," Ms Fowler said.
Tributes flowed in from social media for Mr Fowler and his family, with residents calling him a "loving man" who was taken too soon.
"Warren Fowler you were a loving man who put a smile on everyone's face you met throughout the years," Kaila Prew posted on Facebook.
"You were a hard working dedicated man who fought right to the end.
"Whether you met him at the tyre shop or through the fire brigade or just had a friendly chat in the shop, he would always say a hello."
Mr Fowler's widow Gillian vowed to use the money raised from the campaign to help other people in a similar position.
A celebration of his life will be held at HumeRidge Church of Christ on Friday, February 24 from 11am.