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Nixa Senior's Life on Track

NIXA, Mo--A Nixa senior breaks a 55-year-old track record.
NIXA, Mo--Sometimes there is more to a person than meets the eye.

"This was the year for track," said Jonas Crump.

Jonas crump throws discus for Nixa and just broke a 55-year-old school record.

"I was watching the guy throw the tape down and he wrote off 154' 4" and I just threw up my arms I was so happy. I was so excited. I finally broke it. I finally broke it," said Crump.

But discus wasn't Jonas' first passion.

"Every since I can remember football was just number one in my life. I mean I loved it," said Crump.

But that dream was suddenly taken away.

"It was the Webb City game my freshman year and I got hit in the leg and my leg swelled up really bad and so I went to the emergency room and they ran some test and the doctor came into the room and said you have a rare blood disorder called ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura)," said Crump. 

Simply put, Jonas' Blood doesn't clot properly. He bruises and bleeds much easier than you and I. Which means he can't play contact sports.

"The normal person has 150-400,000 blood platelets and when I was diagnosed I had 3,000," said Crump.

Since his diagnosis Jonas has been in and out of St. Jude's receiving several treatments including rounds of chemotherapy.

"When people see me in the hallways. They see me as a big healthy guy but what they don't know is the day before I had an IV in my arm taking chemo treatment. It really opens your perspective of you don't know what people are going through," said Crump.

"Jonas is a warrior. Even through the dark times of all of his trials during the treatments he just showed superior strength," said Jonas' Mother, Lori Munhollon.

Jonas is now a senior and the healthiest he's been in awhile, with a new challenge.

"I made it to state last year in the shot put and so this year my goal is to make it in both shot put and discus," said Crump.

A young man striving for a goal, who's putting a new spin on life.

"I am actually thankful for having this blood disorder cause I have grown stronger in my faith and as a person," said Crump. 

Next year, Jonas has plans to go to Baptist Bible College and become a pastor.

For more on Jonas' journey or to leave words of encouragement, you can visit his website here.
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