On July 4, 2013, life forever changed for the Westley family of Estes Park, Colorado. Greg Westley, his wife, Debbie, and three of their eight children were struck by a drunk driver as they walked along a rural highway back to their vehicle after a fireworks celebration in Grand Lake, Colorado. Greg — the husband, father, protector, and sole breadwinner of the family — was killed. Debbie and the three children were severely injured and were transported to an area hospital for treatment. The other five children were not physically hurt in the tragedy, but they continue to endure the trauma of losing their father and the stress of seeing their mother and siblings suffer as a result of the accident. For news reports about the tragedy click here.
With the help of family and friends, the Westleys are attempting to heal — both physically and emotionally — and trying to learn to live with their incredible loss. They have a tremendous mountain to climb in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. Debbie, a longtime and dedicated homeschooling mom, is unable to work because of her current condition. Now a single parent, she faces mounting medical expenses, looming educational needs for her children (who range in age from a preschooler to a college student), and daunting day-to-day costs just to keep her large family fed, clothed, and sheltered.
How You Can Help
The Westley family needs your support to scale this mountain. In addition to your prayers for continued comfort and healing, we — the extended family and friends of the Westleys — are requesting monetary donations to help meet both their immediate and long-term needs. All contributions, whether large or small, are urgently needed and sincerely appreciated. We have established HelpWestleyFamily.org to provide an easy and secure way for you to give via PayPal. All donations are forwarded to the Westley Family Fund at the Bank of Estes Park, where they can be directly accessed by the family and applied wherever they are needed most.
About Greg Westley
As a strong Catholic, Greg’s faith and his family were the center of his life. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his wife and children — whether hiking, camping, boating, skiing, snowshoeing, fishing or just in quiet conversation. Greg was also actively involved with Boy Scouts of America and served as an assistant scout master for Troop 10 in Estes Park. In addition, he enjoyed woodworking and carpentry, building the family’s home, and teaching his children the skills he had learned. Learn More About Greg here.