Malchow Discusses Cancer Journey, Support From Community

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A school official many Sioux Falls families have come to know over the years, just took a step forward in his cancer fight. 

As the Washington High School activities director, and a former basketball coach, Nate Malchow knows what it takes to win. 

Only, last year, he faced an unexpected and different kind of opponent: stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. 

“When you hear the words that you have cancer you do have a lot of emotions that go through and you’re sad, you’re scared, you’re thinking what do we have to do next?” WHS Activities Director Nate Malchow said. 

The 41-year-old developed a game plan, which included chemotherapy treatments. 

Just recently he completed those treatments and rang the bell. 

“Your family, the people who surround you, who go through that with you, who support you, who are there with you, it does have a lot of significance at the end when you have that last treatment,” Malchow said. 

He’s taking a break for a little while before starting radiation. 

Through it all, students, staff, and community members have been cheering for him. 

And having that support can be a game changer. 

“When you go through something like this, you really see that. You lean on those positive relationships with others. Whether it’s a kind word or having just a good conversation with someone. Things like that really make your day,” Malchow said. 

Malchow has continued to work most days throughout this process. 

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