Runners and friends of Eric Nadeau are helping extend his New York City Marathon fundraising efforts for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
For 28 years, Eric Nadeau lived an active, athletic life. An energetic, ambitious and very passionate individual, Eric was a state champion and All-American wrestler in high school who later was a collegiate rugby star and enjoyed skiing and snowboarding. He also loved running and had run in several races over the past few years.
He was a native of Montreal, went to high school in North Carolina, earned a college degree at James Madison University in Virginia and also briefly lived in Australia, but he loved being a resident of New York City and living in Manhattan. His first job out of college was working in the sales department for the New York Islanders. For the past two years, he was a premium sales specialist for the New York Yankees.
Always active and on the go, Eric set a new goal to run the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. He was determined and dedicated to running the race for the first time, but true to his character, it wasn’t just going to be about him.
He was entered in the Nov. 1 race that winds through New York’s five boroughs and was raising money for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The money he raised through Fred’s Team would be going to support groundbreaking studies and clinical trials that impact the cancer community worldwide. He had been training for weeks and ran in the Oct. 10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon, where he was headed to a personal best. But tragically, he collapsed and passed away just before crossing the finish line.
“Eric was probably the most passionate person about all aspects of life that I have ever worked beside and one of the most radiant people that I have ever known,” said Rose Barre, Manager of Premium Sales & Services with the New York Yankees, who was Eric’s boss both in the Yankees organization and previously at the New York Islanders. “Whether it was what he did during the day or on his own training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Brooklyn or the New York City Marathon in November, it was all about how he could improve and get the absolute best out of himself.”
As of last week, Eric had met his New York City Marathon goal of raising $3,500. Eric’s family and friends know how important running the New York City Marathon was to him and how inspired and motivated he was to be raising money for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In his memory, his family has asked that the running community continue to help Eric raise money for the cause that was dear to him.
In the days since his passing, his goal has been increased and numerous friends and runners have donated to his cause.
“Once you run one of our races, you are a member of our Competitor Group family forever, and Eric’s passing has crushed us all,” said Competitor Group SVP and Rock ‘n’ Roll series co-founder Tracy Sundlun. “He was a remarkable young man with so much living, doing and contributing in front of him. Our tears, love and support go out to his family and friends now and forever.”