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Nate Greenberg Nails It

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.

A month before his graduation speech, Nate Greenberg was interviewed on Albany's News 10.

A month before his graduation speech, Nate Greenberg was interviewed on Albany’s News 10.

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.

“Nate’s Knockout” Really Did

You know you’ve put on a good fitness-themed fundraiser when even varsity athletes say, “Wow! I’m tired!”

“Nate’s Knockout” — the run-burpee-squats-planks event held yesterday at Staples — accomplished its goal. It raised plenty of money for research into Ewing’s sarcoma, a bone cancer that strikes young adults.

It brought together Westporters of all ages, and many more from Union College.

And it exhausted the participants.

Nate Greenberg at yesterday's "Knockout."

Nate Greenberg at yesterday’s “Knockout.”

“Nate’s Knockout” honored Nate Greenberg, the former Staples High School lacrosse and soccer player, now a senior lacrosse captain at Union. He’s battling the disease, and his many friends wanted to do something to help Nate and everyone else with the same form of cancer.

In just a few weeks, the Staples Lacrosse Association and Fitness Factory organized the event. It drew over 200 participants, despite the tough start time (10 a.m. Sunday), the weather (it was cold!) and the daunting physical challenges.

Teams of 4 taking the “varsity challenge” had to run 5 miles, do 750 squats and 750 burpees, and complete a 10-minute plank hold. The “junior varsity challenge” was less intense — but not much.

This was no stroll through Central Park, or pledge-a-penny-for-every-soccer-juggle.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that! I’m just sayin’…

Nate arrived like a rock star, in a black SUV. He was immediately embraced by family members, friends, current Union athletes (including his coach), former Staples teammates, and many others who just wanted to help.

“Let’s do this!” Nate said. And hundreds did.

Nate’s irrepressible grandmother Lee was there too. It took a concerted effort to keep her from doing squats and burpees.

The fundraiser earned over $20,000. That news — and seeing Nate’s glowing spirit and strength — made all the tired muscles worth it.

Several Staples High School freshman soccer players competed at the "varsity" level yesterday.

Several Staples High School freshman soccer players competed at the “varsity” level yesterday.

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