Last month, “06880” reported on Nate Greenberg. The 2010 Staples grad — and Ewing’s sacrcoma survivor — had just been selected to give the student address at Union College’s graduation.
A few days ago, he gave that speech. And whether you’re a Union alum or have no connection whatsoever with the school, it’s worth hearing.
Nate spoke strongly and insightfully about his battle. Cancer “can take you down, or build you up,” he said.
For him, that was the beginning of a new life. His disease “brought out the best in me,” Nate said.
Of course, he had support. He cited lacrosse teammates who shaved their heads in solidarity, Union students he did not know who tied yellow ribbons or wore his #3, and alumni he never knew who reached out to him.
“This is what life is all about,” Nate said.
He cited the importance of virtues like kindness and compassion, noting that life is not just about accomplishments. It’s also about “moments.”
Nate concluded: “Be present. Love. Take time to feel. Appreciate this magical thing called life.”
Click below, to hear Nate’s full speech. Click here if your browser does not take you directly to YouTube.