Jon’s Riley Story:
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, age 16, is a junior in high school and he plays varsity soccer, manages girls basketball and track teams, raises funds for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (over $22,000 to date) 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.
Jordan, his sister, is 13 and in the 8th grade. She plays volleyball and is a cheerleader.
Joe, his brother, is 18 and is a senior. He plays varsity volleyball, soccer, basketball, and track. He will be heading off to college to study pharmacy.
Jo, his mom, is a registered nurse and she retired when Jon was diagnosed. She volunteers at Washing Twp School running concession stands for athletic events.
Joe, his dad, is a Certified Public Accountant and a Varsity Soccer Coach.
As you can see, we are a very sports oriented family. We spend most of our time at sporting events or practice. The kids are involved in something every season.