Nate Greenberg’s Knockout Challenge

Nate Greenberg is a star athlete.

At Staples High School, he captained the 2010 lacrosse team. The previous fall he was a member of the state championship boys soccer squad.

This year, he was supposed to be a senior at Union College, leading the lacrosse team as captain.

Instead he’s battling Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of pediatric bone cancer.

Nate Greenberg

Nate Greenberg

Yesterday, after several rounds of chemo, he had surgery. The tumor was removed from his hip; he underwent a full hip replacement, and partial reconstruction of his femur.

Ahead is more chemo, and possibly radiation.

Nate’s smile has never left his face. He is warm, friendly, and well-loved. (How much loved? The entire Union lacrosse team shaved their heads, in solidarity with their captain.)

So it should come as no surprise that out of his fight comes something good. The Staples Lacrosse Association and Fitness Factory have teamed up to help raise funds in Nate’s honor for Ewing’s sarcoma research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital.

Nate loves sports, so the event — Nate’s Knockout Challenge (Sunday, December 8, 10 a.m., Staples track) — is team-oriented.

You can form a team of 4, or be put on one.  Working together, you try to achieve certain goals.

Nate Greenberg, Union College lacrosse captain.

Nate Greenberg, Union College lacrosse captain.

The Varsity Challenge consists of a 5-mile run (total — each participant runs 1 1/4 miles), 750 squats, 750 burpees, and 10 minutes (total time) plank hold.

The JV Challenge is a 3-mile run (each participant runs 3/4 mile), 250 squats, 250 burpees, and a 5-minute plank hold.

The cost to participate is $25 per person, $100 per team.

The opportunity to help is priceless.

(For more information, and to register, click here. If you can’t participate but would like to contribute, click here. For more information, To see Nate’s “Caring Bridge” site, with plenty of positive updates from him — along with guestbook messages — click here.)

2 responses to “Nate Greenberg’s Knockout Challenge

  1. wendy silvershein leeds

    i am allie’s aunt wendy…just donated and wish you well

  2. David A. Waldman

    I have known the Greenberg family for most of my life. Prior to the summer of 2013, Nate’s father asked if I needed any help for the summer at my office. I told him yes and shortly thereafter met Nate. At first, he was a little shy (interviews can make anyone nervous, especially when you Dad is sitting there) but in the end (and after Mikael left) I felt he clearly had the skills to be my summer intern, even if he did not seem so enthusiastic during the interview. When is started in June, I expected he would do the work required and like most college students, his mind would be elsewhere (girls, summer fun, relaxation etc.) Clearly I did not Nate just who Nate was. I could not have been more wrong. He was so excited everyday to come to work and did far more then I ever expected while at my firm. He worked well with all my employees, went beyond his job description almost daily, was funny, smart, driven, compassionate and most of all, a real gentlemen (clearly all traits obtained from his mother). Don’t get me wrong, he was still a college student who enjoyed life, girls and much more. But none of that got in the way of what he had to do. Towards the end of the summer my office took Nate out to celebrate his hard work while at my firm and all of us agreed that if he ever wanted to come back to work, there not only would there always be a place for him but we would be lucky to have him. A few weeks later we all learned what had happened and what he would have to go through. After the initial shock of the news wore off, we all went to see him at his house. Like everything Nate puts his mind to, he does it with grace and a big smile on his face. This was no different. Unfortunately, I am well aware that you don’t get to pick your cards in life and in the end have to play the hand you are dealt, good or bad. Nate will beat this cancer. He will be stronger then before and I am sure he will turn this sh#*y hand into a straight flush!! He has a wonderful loving family, fantastic friends and in every way is a true “mensch”.

    As for the challenge, my firm will be there and I urge everyone who knows Nate, the Greenberg family, or has had to play a sh*#^y hand sometime in there life, to come out and support this fine man and worthy cause.

    Hang tough Nate. Your desk is waiting for you….