Tag: Jay Ruckelshaus
Jay Ruckelshaus graduated high school confident in the future.
The Indianapolis native planned to attend Duke University in the fall of 2011 on a full merit scholarship, and hoped one day to be a politician.
But Ruckelshaus was forced to reevaluate his plans. Just weeks before he was scheduled to arrive on campus, he was involved in a diving accident that left him paralyzed from a severe spinal cord injury.
John and Mary Ruckelshaus know the feeling of powerlessness.
First, their oldest son, Drew, and daughter, Maggie — diagnosed with congenital glaucoma as babies — went through 20 surgeries each to prevent blindness.
Then, at age 9, Drew was diagnosed with leukemia and suffered through six months of chemotherapy and five years of medication.
But now the family faces its longest, most difficult battle.
It involves their youngest son, 19-year-old Jay, a lanky 6-foot-5 scholar-athlete who was blessed with abundant talents.