HEBRON | Brian Novreske, 16, a junior at Hebron High School, is battling brain tumors.
But he is not alone in his battle.
Students at all Hebron schools are participating in Walk for Brian — a fundraiser for the Novreske family at 1:50 p.m. Friday.
Students will walk around the track and cross country course for a donation of $5 or a fee of $15 that includes a gray T-shirt and participation.
The students want Brian to know that they miss him and to stay strong, said National Honor Society president Natalie Kaczmarski .
Brian has been sick for a while and had his first tumor removed in January 2012. He has gone through radiation but it has now spread to several tumors.
He only attended two days of school this year before becoming too weak to come back.
He is at home with his parents, Ron and Melissa Novreske. He also has three sisters.
"He hasn't woken up in the past few days and is not doing that great," said Ron Novreske. "But we did hear about the school fundraiser and we are touched by this."
Brian had been getting treatments at the University of Chicago.
"We noticed something wasn't right a few years ago when Brian started losing strength and muscle function on his right side," said his dad. "He has gotten radiation and chemo treatments twice."
Novreske said this has all taken a toll on the family but kindnesses help them get through this.
"The school keeps in touch with us and is very supportive," Novreske said. "What helps is knowing that people are compassionate and we have a lot of support."
Before he got sick Brian liked to bowl and play football across the street and play video games.
Hebron Lanes, 725 S. Ind. 2, also is planning a fundraiser called Beat Brian's Cancer for the family on Sunday.
Kids bowling is at 1 and 3 p.m.; bowl two games for $10. Adults will bowl at 6:30 p.m.; three games for $20. There also will be raffle prizes. The public is welcome to attend or visit www.bowlforbrian.com to make a donation.
Money raised from all of the events will be given to the family to help with expenses. Neither Ron nor Melissa are working.
"My wife left her job a year ago to take care of Brian and I'm on FMLA," Novreske said.
The Walk for Brian is open only to Hebron students, but anyone wishing to donate may call, call (219) 996-4771.