Nathan Greenberg was just 21 years old, captain of the Union College Men’s lacrosse team, and eager to head into his senior year of college. At this moment in his life, Nathan had everything figured out and was looking forward to one final summer of fun before the real world. However, one week before he headed back for his senior year, he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in his left hip.
After two surgeries, 13 rounds of chemotherapy, and countless trips to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Nathan was able to complete his treatment. Because of his positive and upbeat attitude while at Sloan, he emerged as a true mentor for both patients and parents. And this infectious positive spirit was what kept his friends, family and lacrosse team together during this hardship.
Nathan would go on to finish up his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at Union College, and was the 2015 Commencement Speaker at graduation. He is now healthy, cancer free, and pursuing a career in the real estate industry. This September will mark three years from being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. After extensive rehab, Nathan has regained mobility and strength in his leg that Dr. John Healey never thought would be possible. He is one of the success stories; however, not every story has a happy ending which is something that he continues to reflect on.
Nathan is honored to be a recipient of the Courage Award from the Sarcoma Foundation of America and would like to dedicate this award in memory of his good friend Joe Crisafi who fought by his side. Joe was re-diagnosed after being cancer free for 10 years. Joe and Nathan fed off each other’s energy in the cancer ward, which helped tremendously along their journeys. There is much needed research to be done to support the Sarcoma community and Nathan feels that it is his duty and honor to help support the much necessary research.