Jon Nugent was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer as a sixth grader in March of 2009 after experiencing seizures. His treatment through Riley Hospital for Children included surgery, chemotherapy and 13 proton therapy sessions. Jon also suffered a stroke, and faced a long recovery where he relearned to walk. Since completing his treatment, Jon now plays varsity soccer, and JV volleyball, and also finds time to join fundraising efforts including Riley Dance Marathons.
The Nugent Family:
Jon, plays varsity soccer, manages girls basketball and track teams, raises funds for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (over $22,000) and collects Pop Tabs for Riley. He volunteers at school to help with any sport keepings books or running clock. He also works with Rachael Bazell, former Purdue featured twirler in her quest for Miss Indiana with her platform of finding a cure for cancer.