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TENACITY-ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE SO MANY BRAIN TUMOR SURVIVORS

By Stacia Wagner
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Daniel Crum-Affton High School Sophomore
Daniel Crum-Affton High School Sophomore

Adjusting to life after a brain tumor and the impact it has on many abilities can be a challenge. One of the things many brain tumor survivors have in common is tenacity and perseverance. The following story from Affton Shrewsbury Patch writer Sarah Worner describes one example of the character of survivors.

For twelve years the Saint Louis Sports Commission has been honoring athletes, coaches, and teams who exemplify the best in sportsmanship throughout the year. This year the awards, held at the Edward Jones Auditorium, honored sixteen individuals from across the United States who went above and beyond as athletes to do the right thing.

Representing the Saint Louis region was legally blind Affton High School sophomore Daniel Crum, who plays on the school golf team.

In spite of brain tumors on his optic nerve that left him partially blind as a child, Crum has always wanted to be involved in sports. “I try not to focus on my disability,” said Crum. “Instead I just focus on my golf.”

After a story about Crum initially ran on Patch in January, Crum’s family was contacted by Sports Commission Chairman Marc Schreiber, and was told that the Commission would like to honor Daniel at this year’s awards.

Aside from assistance spotting the ball and being told the distance and direction to the hole, Crum receives no special help or treatment. He plays the sport with integrity. His perseverance in the face of adversity made him a perfect candidate for this year’s awards.

When asked during the ceremony what his hope for the future is, Crum smiled and announced, “Five under par.”

Crum is playing his first match of the season with the JV Boys team today against Clayton High School. 

Thank you so much to the Crum family for sharing this. We look forward to seeing Daniel at the Teen Heads Up Conference at Camp Mak-a-Dream from July 31st-August 6th.

We hope you will share your story with us.

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