If you are visiting this site, you are part of a community of people who have been moved in some way by the friendship, drive, and ongoing journey of Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton.
As you likely know, Dartanyon and Leroy graduated from Lincoln-West High School in Cleveland in June 2009, crossing the stage together, each achieving a goal despite his own challenges. It was a beginning, not an ending.
Dartanyon has suffered from Leber’s Disease, a condition causing chronic visual loss, for most of his life. He is legally blind.
That did not stop him from carrying his wrestling teammate and best friend, Leroy Sutton, on his back to and from every match they competed in this past season. At age eleven, Leroy lost his left leg below the knee, and his right leg below the hip, when he was struck by a train on his way to school.
The two were inseparable through their season, the wrestler with no legs being carried by the one who cannot see. The bond between the two young men, as depicted on television and in print, has prompted a remarkable reaction regarding their future hopes to continue their educational goals.
Dartanyon is in his first year at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. Though he originally thought he wanted to pursue law, his volunteer experiences at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind drew him toward social work instead. The recent blessings poured into his life have spurred him to want to serve disadvantaged youth one day.
Leroy graduates from Collins College in August 2013. A gifted artist, he will leave with a B.A. in video game design. Moving away for college was an incredibly empowering experience for him.
As a response to the outpouring of interest in helping Leroy and Dartanyon, a trust fund has been established. The fund is called Carry On For Education Trust, benefitting Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett. Donations to the trust will be used solely for Dartanyon and Leroy’s tuition, fees, books, travel, laptops, adaptive equipment and living expenses.
Carry On For Education
Benefitting Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett
c/o 627 West St. Clair
Cleveland, OH 44113
Please Note: Carry On For Education is not a 501(c)(3) exempt organization. It has been set up to benefit two individuals. While donations will be followed with receipts, a tax deduction may not be generated from your contribution.
From time to time, we will provide updates of Dartanyon and Leroy’s endeavors and adventures and will post them here so that we may all go along for the ride.