New England Patriot Nate Solder is getting ready for a tough challenge this weekend as he and his team take on the Altanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. But for Nate, protecting Tom Brady in the biggest game of the year is almost nothing compared to what he and his son have been through the past few of years in their battles with medical conditions.
In 2014, Nate was diagnosed with testicular cancer but later that year he was back in the game he loved played a big part in protecting quarterback Tom Brady all the way to the Super Bowl the following year.
In 2015, he tore his bicep forcing him to sit out the season.
A week later, his 3-month-old son Hudson was diagnosed with Wilms tumors, a rare pediatric cancer.
Nate believes those 3 back-to-back events gave him a different perspective on what is important. Yes, protecting Tom Brady is important as is winning the Super Bowl. But they are not as important as the health of you or your child.
Hudson is currently in the monitoring phase of treatment. His chemotherapy portal was recently removed because his tumors have stopped growing. And even though the cancer is still present, the family is optimistic for the future.
Tough Like My Dad
In December, for the NFL’s ‘My Cleats, My Cause’
initiative, Solder wore cleats that had “Tough like my dad” written on them for Hudson.
Win or lose on Sunday, Solder will go home with a smile, because he knows life has its challenges, and he and his family most certainly have theirs. He is just fortunate to be alive, along with his son Hudson.
About Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer is a disease when testicular cells become malignant in one or both testicles. It is the most common cancer in 20- to 35-year-old men and has two main types, seminomas and nonseminomas.
About Wilms Tumors
Wilms' tumor is a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Also known as nephroblastoma, Wilms' tumor is the most common cancer of the kidneys in children. Wilms' tumor most often affects children ages 3 to 4 and becomes much less common after age 5.
Wilms' tumor most often occurs in just one kidney, though it can sometimes be found in both kidneys at the same time.