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Honorary 8-Year-Old TCU Swim Team Member Dies From Cancer

Nathan Lin, a boy with a bright smile and vibrant personality, died on Friday from brain cancer.

Nathan Lin was a boy with a beaming smile and a steadfast joy that was magnetic to those around him.

In February, Nathan signed on as an honorary member of the TCU swimming and diving team. He was met with proud cheers from teammates, his own letter of intent and a chance to show off his swim skills to the team. He was only 8-years-old.

On Friday, Nathan died from brain cancer. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor last July and had been in chemotherapy ever since.

Richard Sybesma, head coach for the TCU swimming and diving team, said in February that having Lin sign his letter of intent for the team was a special moment that he wouldn’t soon forget.

His mother, Cathy Lin, swam for Sybesma at TCU 31 years ago. She said in February that seeing her son swim down the TCU lap pool was a beautiful moment.

"It was something else, to watch him swim down, sign the papers. It was really special," Cathy said.

In his last few months, Nathan was able to visit Disney World and Universal Studios with the help of the Make-A-Wish foundation.

His chance to sign the letter of intent with TCU was another special moment in Nathan’s life.

“It was awesome,” Nathan said in February about being on the team.

Lin’s funeral was held at 10 a.m. Friday at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road in Fort Worth.

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