Nate was diagnosed with Stage 3-4 Squamous Cell Carcinoma cancer in his left maxillary sinus on October 20, 2014. Less than a month later he underwent a major 18 hr surgery to remove the tumor and all the areas it had affected. They took out all his teeth on his left side all the way up to the bone that his eye rests on with along with all the muscles, veins, arteries, and nerves. Then they reconstructed his face using his left fibula and it’s vessels and tissues. They also took skin grafts from his legs to patch up his face. He had to relearn how to talk, walk, and eat. A couple months after surgery he went through 2 months of a high dose of radiation. He was declared cancer free on February 24, 2015. Since then he has had regular appointments and a more surgeries, but thus far he is still cancer-free!
This cancer-trial has been rough, yes, but we have experienced miracles, kindness, selflessness, and so much love from family, friends, strangers, and our Heavenly Father and Savior. As hard as ‘cancer life’ is, we will forever be grateful for it.
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Team domiNATE 5k
Nate’s sister, Heidi Low, with the help of his other sisters and family, put on a fundraiser 5k in honor of Nate. It turned into an EVENT & helped us in more ways than we will ever be able to express. For results & a video of the race, click the link below:
From Idaho State Universtiy: Nate Houle: Runner, Coach, & Cancer Survivor
From Let’s Run: Nate Houle Story
From Deseret News: Cancer can’t stop one LDS family from Running together
From Deseret News: I’m Still Here: LDS father grateful to be alive one year after surgery to remove cancer
From Idaho State: Houle Optimistic After Battle with Cancer
From St. Geroge News: SUU athletics, community support former athlete, coach with cancer
From Hero Sports: Nate Houle: Runner Coach and Cancer Survivor
From the Spectrum: T-Birds Rally to help former athlete & coach fight cancer
From ABC 4 News: Help Flush Cancer
From Local News 8: Nate Houle Story
From Idaho State University: Runner, Coach, Cancer Survivor