Jackson retires jersey of former soccer player

Published: Sep. 17, 2014 at 3:11 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM CDT
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JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - Friends and family remember Nolan Weber as a real inspiration and true believer and now a piece of him will always be at the soccer field in Jackson where he once played.

Nolan played soccer for Jackson High School, but soon after he graduated from school he lost his battle to cancer.

On Tuesday, the soccer program retired his jersey number and a plaque will remain on the wall at the field in his honor.

"The level of support from the school and community..it's just immeasurable." Rachelle Weber said.

Colton Weber will be the last Jackson Indian to wear No. 16, something he'll wear to remember his brother.

"... keep doing what I'm doing, make my brother proud," Colton said. "As long as I'm making him happy, it's all fine with me."

Nolan's father, Dean said that Nolan was a fighter, always believing anything was possible.

Dean said he hopes other people can find inspiration in that motto.

"His internal strength and smile showed us that we can believe beyond what the doctors are telling us, beyond what the MRI's are telling us, what the tests are telling us, what our eyes and ears and experts and whatever else tell us. And that applies to any aspect of your life."

Tuesday night also marked Jackson's "Kick Cancer" event.

The idea is to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

The Weber's and other families with kids battling cancer said the key to finding a cure is realizing that any child can be diagnosed with the terrible disease.

"Cancer doesn't discriminate and it doesn't just target just certain people," Dean said. "It doesn't care who you are it doesn't care what your dreams are. It doesn't care what your background is. "

Brandon Hill agrees. His son is currently battling leukemia.

"I would never wish any of this on my worst enemy but I hope that they can see wow this really is happening, it really does happen here in Jackson, Missouri," Hill said. "It happens in Cape Girardeau County and it happens here."

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