LEWISTON, NY - Nate Brundage, who had been bravely battling stage IV Glioblastoma since December 2013, passed away at Hospice early Thursday morning. According to his wishes, Nate was surrounded at his bedside by his family and his dog.
Nate was a volunteer firefighter with Lewiston #2 fire company, a Young Marine, and avid outdoorsman. Serving his community was a core value and in 2010, prior to being diagnosed with cancer, Nate was awarded the "Presidential Volunteer Service Award." The award is given to those who serve over 150 hours of community service in a single year. Even when his cancer was in remission, he returned to his fire company to serve in any capacity he could.
Nate worked as an ambassador with P.U.N.T. Foundation, and as recently as two weeks ago was at New Era Field cheering the Bills with the foundation.
While receiving treatment at Women and Children's Hospital, Nate would spend time with the younger children receiving treatment and act as role model for them. He would be strong for them, he would comfort them, and he would never let his own fears show. Nate was a courageous hero that they could look up to.
Even when the odds were against him, Nate fought with all his heart and soul. When a certain treatment failed to show progress, he, along with his mother Angela and team of doctors, would approach a new course of treatment head on with vigor.
We first profiled Nate in 2014, shortly after his diagnosis and met up with him again in April of this year to follow his progress. Despite the insurmountable odds, Nate was rarely without a smile on his face. At the time we met up with him he said to us:
“I look forward to certain things. I still have a lot to live for,I still have a lot to do. I’m only 19. I can grow up and do the things I want to do.”
In a message, Nate's mom Angela said, "We will continue our mission to fight and beat this disease."
His foundation's motto is "Together we fight, together we win!" If you'd like to learn more about Nate and his foundation you can visit their facebook page.
Nate was an awe-inspiring young man, and his legacy as a fighter will live on through those who knew him. The WGRZ staff would like to send its heartfelt condolences to Nate's family and friends