Jackson teen believing for a miracle

Published: Oct. 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2011 at 9:48 PM CDT
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Nolan Weber
Nolan Weber

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - "We believe"...two simple words making a huge difference in Jackson.

The town is rallying around a 16-year-old high school junior currently in the fight of his life.

Nolan Weber didn't realize what he was in for when he came to school Wednesday morning.

He walked in to find a huge show of support.  He walked the halls in awe.

There were signs plastering the walls, all in his honor.

"It feels good", said Nolan Weber. "Makes me realize there are people who actually care."

The show of support could also be found on t-shirts. Many of them were hand-made.

Students and faculty are all believing for a miracle.

"We're behind him, and we believe in him," said Ciarra Binns.

Student Keagen Cavanah said, "It's to show him everyone is behind him and give him hope. Let him know he can make it through anything."

It all started in April when Nolan Weber suffered a seizure at school.

"We rushed over to get him," said Rachelle Weber-Nolan's Mom.

His parents took him to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau where doctors made a disturbing discovery.

"We got the news that what caused the seizure was a bleed from a large tumor he had," said Rachelle Weber.

The Weber's then found themselves at a St. Louis Hospital before the end of the night.

It wouldn't take long before they would discover the tumor was malignant.

"He's been so incredibly brave," said Dean Weber-Nolan's Dad.

Nolan endured surgery and weeks of chemotherapy and radiation.

It slowed him down, but didn't stop him.

"We realized how goal oriented he is," said Rachelle Weber. "He wanted to be back at school to try out for the soccer team."

That's exactly what he did. He made the team, and is striving to give it his all.

Nolan suffered another setback about a week ago. He learned the cancer had returned. Doctor's told his parents that this time surgery is not an option.

For Nolan, giving up is not an option.

"It's a challenge," said Nolan Weber. "I want to win because I'm competitive."

Nolan's dad Dean Weber said, "With Nolan you can't help but believe that. He's a warrior he battles everything to the end."

To show he's not alone in this fight his friends, and even complete strangers are rallying around him.

Signs are even popping up all across town.

Jackson believes in Nolan Weber.

"We believe he's going to get through this," said friend Austin Gammon.

"There's no doubt, I believe he's going to be fine," said friend Chris Hartle.

Nolan Weber said his home is filled with the word "believe". It's a concept he's taken to heart.

"Instead of when your praying hoping and wishing that God's going to do something good for you, you believe he will but you have to actually believe it," said Nolan Weber.

Nolan's expected to start another round of treatments next week.

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