2018 Light The Night Honored Hero
Elk River High School
Varsity goalie, ERHS hockey team
Nate's Bone Marrow Transplant Journey
At 14-years-old Nate was diagnosed with Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a blood cancer.
For a time, Nate was treated with a targeted therapy drug, tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) that quickly allowed him to get back to his active life of school and sports. TKI is a revolutionary drug funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) that has given most patients with CML the freedom and ability to manage their CML with a daily pill, bypassing the damaging side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
But, it’s not a cure. Nate’s specific CML type was not responding to medications. So, his oncologist suggested a bone marrow transplant. Fortunately, his sister Katelyn was a perfect match to cure Nate’s CML. After undergoing radiation, chemo, and a bone marrow transplant – Nate is now CANCER FREE!
In April, Nate celebrated his 17th birthday at home with family and friends. Now he is continuing to knock out every milestone he reaches in his treatment out of the park.