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60 Greatest Vikings Fans: Nathan Njoroge


Nathan Njoroge showed his love for the Vikings everywhere.

Diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 12 in March 2017, Nathan underwent two bone marrow transplants at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, along with chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Nathan's hospital room had a view of U.S. Bank Stadium, and he was visited there by Kyle Rudolph. Nathan created a handmade newsletter to express his appreciation to Kyle, whose younger brother, Casey, battled pediatric cancer during Kyle's youth.

Nathan's newsletter was featured in the "Dear Kyle" series of letters written on behalf of the three-time Vikings Community Man of the Year honoree when he was nominated in 2018 for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

Nathan and his family were among honorees at Minnesota's Crucial Catch game in 2019 where cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and those who had died from the disease were recognized and remembered during halftime.

Despite the challenges Nathan faced, he never wavered in his support for the Vikings or his Christian faith. He attended Des Moines Christian School in Iowa, where he inspired classmates, teachers and staff, hanging tight to his favorite Bible verse, Joshua 1:9: "Have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Nathan's courageous battle ended with his passing on July 4, 2020.

The Des Moines Christian School Student Council dedicated a Friday in October to Nathan, with everyone wearing purple — his favorite color — and raising funds for a donation in his honor to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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