Laude continues dedication: Despite a tumor diagnosis, he continues as an active member of WHS athletics

by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor

If you  know Nate Laude, junior, you would never believe the news he received on Sept. 10, 2012.

“It’s called lymphangioma,” Laude said. “It’s a benign tumor that involved my spleen and my pancreas. It’s very rare.”

Laude found out he had to get the tumor removed, and he would not be allowed to participate in any physical activity for about five weeks. Laude was a starting defender on the varsity soccer team and has been since last year. He also participates in  varsity basketball.

“Nate always puts forth his best efforts. I have no doubt his work ethic will help him overcome this obstacle,” Jennifer Zorn, English teacher, said.

When Laude explained his first reaction to the news, he said “that’s crazy” and laughed it off.

According to Laude, he did not feel worried about it. His parents did not have the same attitude as he did about the situation, though, and Laude said he heard it all from them.

On Sept. 13, Laude had surgery to get the tumor removed, and he says it does not bother him anymore.

“I don’t really feel anything because my nerves are damaged. But they are regrowing,” Laude said.

This was not Laude’s first injury. He has suffered a concussion and a broken arm, but it seems like to most people, he is always just a respectful man.

“I’ve always found Nate to be very respectful and kind in every interaction. He’s also very competitive and active in everything he does. I do respect him, very much so,” Darren Llewellyn, psychology and world history teacher, said.

Donald Rowley, girls athletic director and human geography teacher, had praise for Laude too.

“I’ve heard many coaches say Nate is an excellent leader. For example, last year he was a very verbal leader on the soccer field,” Rowley said. “I think he’s a good influence on other students, in particularly, athletes. Two characteristics of Nate is that he is positive and hardworking: he leads by example.”

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