United States Marines
Clayton Zupon passed up potential baseball scholarships to join the Marines. On his second deployment to the Middle East, doctors discovered a plum-size tumor in his brain and later, another on his spine. Clayton, a single father with a 2-year-old son, was given 12 months to live. Three years later, he's still beating the odds. Clayton was honorably discharged with a medical retirement at 100 percent in 2010. Throughout radiation and chemotherapy, Clayton has kept a positive attitude and continues to volunteer. The Peculiar, Mo., resident enjoys spending time with the kids at the Cancer Center at the Children's Hospital in Downtown Kansas City. He also teaches and coaches kids' bowling on Saturdays. Clayton is a big supporter of The Wounded Warrior Project, participating in various motorcycle rides to raise money for wounded vets.