Nathan Sexton dies in his long battle with brain cancer


CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A Chattanooga entrepreneur and avid runner has lost his long battle with cancer.

Nathan Sexton was no stranger to headlines.

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Before hitting 30, Sexton was running day-to-day operations at Bellhops in Chattanooga, an early Gig startup here offering moving services.

He was married and raising a young son.

But then his rising career hit a wall when he was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2015.

Suddenly he learned he had a baseball size, cancerous tumor in his brain, with a grim prognosis.

But his will to fight it earned him national attention.

“It’s the worst best thing that has ever happened to me.”

After his brain surgery, he began training for marathons.

The Fight Like Nate campaign with his co-workers got him through the Chattanooga marathon.

But he didn’t stop there.

Two years after the surgery, Sexton ran the biggest race in the U.S., the 2017 Boston marathon.

His father says he suffered five seizures during the race, but he finished it.

That feat made him an icon for the national fight against Brain Cancer.

And he was the subject of the documentary “Keep Fighting: The Journey of Nathan Sexton.”