About Johnny Koon
The Johnny Koon Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund was founded in 2011 in memory of Johnny Koon who passed away from brain cancer in 2005.
At the age of nine years old, Johnny Koon was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor. He fought a five-year battle with cancerous brain tumors and had a "bring it on" attitude with every challenge he faced. His bright and shining smile warmed the hearts of everyone around him. He never complained and never gave up. Throughout all of his battles, his faith in God never faltered. At the age of fourteen Johnny lost his battle, but left a lasting impact on those who witnessed his journey.
His love and care for everyone around him has challenged his family to do more for others.
Johnny’s “bring it on” attitude inspired the organization to raise money for brain tumor research at WVU Medicine Children's. This research fund is not only in memory of Johnny but a tribute to all of the families who have battled pediatric brain tumors and need that spark of hope. The Johnny Koon Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund’s purpose is to help families at
WVU Children’s Hospital
and serve as an ally to the community.
The Johnny Koon Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund
The Johnny Koon Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund was founded in 2011 to raise money for brain cancer research in West Virginia.
What started as a few dozen people pitching in money and making bracelets has turned into giant, family-friendly fundraisers
that hundreds of people attend to help raise money and build community.
Our board is made up entirely of volunteers and 100% of the proceeds from every donation goes to WVU Medicine Children's.
Nikki Cottingham (Liason)
The Mission of the Johnny Koon Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund is
to raise money for brain tumor research at West Virginia's WVU Medicine Children's.
We hold family-friendly, accessible fundraisers that build community
as well as raise the much needed funding to continue on the path to finding a cure.