FORT CARSON, Colo. - Saxton Crump was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma at age 11. He was hospitalized and fought for a year before winning the battle against the third most common form of primary bone cancer that typically starts in the bones.
Saxton, now 13, hopes to become an engineer and design 100 percent self-sustaining buildings. He has passed the entrance tests for Duke University and will be attending the Duke University Talent Identification Program this summer.
December 16, 2014 - Saxton Crump, son of Capt. Michael Crump, 141st Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, tours one of the new, energy-efficient mechanical room systems installed in a Fort Carson barracks with Mike Henderson, mechanical engineering technician with the Directorate of Public Works Engineering Division. Crump, 13, a gifted and talented eighth grader at Discovery Canon School, requested to meet with DPW staff to learn more about what Fort Carson is doing in terms of energy efficiency on the installation. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Smith)
Saxton's father, Capt. Michael Crump, operations officer, 141st Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, said Saxton was made well aware that the odds were stacked against him.
“Saxton feels that he lived through (cancer) to make a difference,” his father said.
Michael Crump wants people to know that his son has a unique perspective on life and is generous.
“As sick as he was, he always looked to be strong for the kids he felt were sicker,” Michael Crump said. “He was a reluctant recipient of Make-A-Wish. He asked them to give it to a little girl named Amalie because she had just had her fourth birthday and they did not think she was going to get out of the hospital.”
Saxton Crump said his experiences were hard for him and Amalie inspired him to want to give back and make the world a better place.
“She was 4 and didn't deserve to go through that,” said Saxton. “I want to design hospital buildings that are self-sustaining so the money they spend on resources can be better spent on funding research to be able to better treat children who suffer.”
Saxton isn't just waiting to go to school. He has been working side by side with members of Fort Carson's Directorate of Public Works to get a general understanding of the way different energy sources work.
Saxton said it has been great gaining a general understanding of energy and how people use it every day.
“I am just trying to learn everything that I can right now,” Saxton said. “By gathering knowledge and taking advantage of the opportunities offered to me, I hope to build something for the community. Who wouldn't want to make a difference if given the chance?”
By U.S. Army Sgt. William Smith
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