MN school bus crash survivor wins $100k contest

INDIANAPOLIS Sawyer Stevens was selected to participate in the Dr. Pepper Challenge at the Big Ten Championship Game because of what he would do with the prize.

"I want to be able to go to med school and become a pediatric neurosurgeon," Stevens said.

And he was also chosen because of what inspired him to pursue that career.

In February 2008, Stevens was on the Lakeview School Bus that a woman slammed into with her minivan, killing four children including Stevens' 12-year-old brother, Reed.

"My brother was my best friend in the entire world. And losing him is something that alone is really crippling," Stevens said.

In addition, Stevens was critically hurt himself, dislocating his hip and suffering extremely painful nerve damage that kept him in the hospital for weeks while his community grieved.

But his doctors inspired him.

"Really passionate and kind medical professionals who helped me in my time of need, and I just really want to be able to do the same thing," Stevens said.

So with that goal in mind and a $100,000 scholarship on the line, Stevens jumped out to a big lead in the Dr. Pepper Challenge.

The contest requires participants to throw as many footballs as possible into a giant Dr. Pepper can 5 yards away.

And it wasn't close, as Stevens ran away with the victory.

After the bus crash, in addition to the grief, physical and emotional pain, Stevens' family suffered a financial burden.

But in winning a $100,000 scholarship to send him to medical school, that financial burden is lifted for Stevens to pursue his dream.

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