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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

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.

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, natesknockoutchallenge@gmail.com. To see Nate’s “Caring Bridge” site, with plenty of positive updates from him — along with guestbook messages — click here.)

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