“My mothers’ has had debilitating migraines all of her life,” Sewell said. ” I see that there’s this field that’s really interesting to me. We don’t know much about this field, and I see a lot of opportunity,”
Sewell himself is not unfamiliar with a serious medical condition. At the top of his game in competitive rock climbing, he was 16 years old on a rock climbing trip in Colorado, when he had contracted hantavirus pulmonary syndrome a serious virus with a 50 percent survival rate.
He was put on a ventilator for assisted breathing and placed in intensive care unit. In total, he spent three weeks in the hospital. He recovered but had to regain his strength and ability back on the rocks.
Before college, Sewell has competed in national and world cup mountain climbing. He now works in a Dallas rock climbing gym teaching youth competitive rock climbing.
“I don’t feel like I’m doing anything if I’m not helping anyone,” Sewell said.
After TCC, he is transferring to the University of Texas at Dallas to major in biology and focus on a neuroscience program as pre-med.
— Elyssa Whaley