John was a freshman at Purdue when he found out he had Hodgkin's lymphoma. For three years after his diagnosis, John was treated at Riley Hospital for Children. John was a member of Farmhouse fraternity while at Purdue. Through his treatment, his group of brothers stood by him and helped him along the way. After his passing, the brothers of Farmhouse fraternity continue to honor him by shaving their heads at PUDM as well as helping register people for Be The Match. Today, PUDM and Farmhouse continue to honor John and his time at Purdue for being an incredible role model and inspiration to everyone.