On Thursday June 1, Beijing expat Nathan Waters was rushed to Beijing United after suffering a serious stroke and subsequent brain bleed. Today, after a week of intensive care and two major surgeries, Waters passed away.
Waters' family was able to travel to China to be with him in his final moments, but now they face the difficult task of bringing him home. To support them, Waters’ friends are hosting a fundraising event at Great Leap Brewery #6 this Saturday in his memory. His friends released the following statement:
“Those who know Nate count him as a loyal, steadfast friend who loves to travel, talk about baseball and drink a pint at his favorite local bar.... This Saturday night we're having a Nathan Waters Night at Great Leap Brewery #6 to remember our great friend, colleague, and teller of the shaggiest of shaggy dog stories, Nathan Waters. If you are friends with Nate and would like to show support to the family please come down and join us for a night of remembering a truly great Beijing character.”
Waters' friends hope the fundraiser will help pay for his expensive treatment as well as his trip home. Great Leap will donate two kegs of Nathan’s favorite GL beer, Honey Ma.
Additional donations are welcome. Friends have also set up a Go Fund Me campaign in order to raise funds for Nathan’s family.
It’s clear from the outpouring of support from the Beijing community that Nathan has made quite an impact on the people he’s crossed paths with during his five years living and teaching in Beijing. So if you know Nathan personally, or just want to contribute, head over to Great Leap Brewery #6 on Saturday June 10.