Tyler Crowe, 22, had big shoes to fill if he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. His dad, Dr. Todd Crowe, was an anesthesiologist at Oconee Memorial Hospital.
Crowe worked as a doctor at the hospital for 23 years. He was the kind of doctor who made everyone feel like a family member.
He prayed with patients. If you heard Christmas carols being sung in the middle of summer, it was probably Dr. Crowe helping a patient relax as he administered anesthesia.
Crowe experienced stomach pain last November that led to a devastating diagnosis. It was the dreaded “C” word — cancer.
He had stage 4 bile duct cancer. It had spread to his liver already.
Tyler was a Clemson University Biological Science major. He wanted to work toward a career that would help people just like his father had done.
He got a job as a materials specialist at Oconee Memorial Hospital. That’s right: he would be working at the same hospital as his dad did!
Tyler was still freshly grieving the loss of his dad on the first day on the job. Dr. Crowe had only passed away a month prior to Tyler’s first day.
The new employee needed a place to put his street clothes so he could change into scrubs. Working at the same hospital with a desire to help others was not be the only thing that the father and son would share.
Tyler was given locker No. 21, which was his dad’s old locker that had remained unused since his passing. He later posted a picture of himself in scrubs on the first day standing next to the Crowe locker with the caption, “My dad passed away a month ago and today I started working at the hospital and got his locker. I just want to help people like he did.”
People of the internet collectively shed tears when they saw Tyler’s picture and caption. Tyler’s hope for the future is even more inspiring than the shared locker.
He told KSAZ, “What keeps me going is the joy of Christ and that I know this is not the end. I’ll see my father again, but in the meantime, I’ll make the most out of the time I’ve been given on this earth, and will try to an impact on as many people’s live that I can.”
What an amazing ambition in life! His father, Dr. Crowe, has led a life that has served others and served Tyler in inspiring him to follow the same path.