Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton are high school wrestling teammates and best buds. Dartanyon is legally blind and Leroy lost both legs in a train accident. I found their story of faith, friendship, trust and triumph profoundly moving and inspiring.
Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
Rainer Maria Rilke
The video above and companion story below are courtesy of ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi and producer Lisa Fenn.
“Leroy, touch your toes.”
Leroy reaches his arms out in front of him in mock effort, and says, “They’re at home.”
And then, the boys laugh.
He didn’t know they were gone.
Staring down at the sheets of his bed, the morphine starting to fade, Leroy Sutton was still numb, but he had a feeling something was wrong.
“It was when I tried to sit up,” Leroy said, remembering that day nearly eight years ago. “I pulled the covers up, and that’s when I figured everything out.”
It was Dec. 7, 2001, the day that shaped Leroy’s body, and his life.
He was 11 years old at the time, walking to school with his brother along the Wheeling and Lake Erie railroad tracks near his home in East Akron, Ohio. A freight train approached, and Leroy got too close. His (more…)