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Rivals honor Sunset HS student who lost battle with cancer

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Nathalie Traller, courtesty of "4Nathalie" on Facebook. Nathalie Traller, courtesty of "4Nathalie" on Facebook.
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

She was a fighter.  An advocate.  A high school junior.

She was Nathalie Traller.

The 16-year-old Sunset High School student bravely battled a rare form of sarcoma for 3 years, but passed away Monday evening.

Immediately, her friends knew they wanted to do something to honor her life, her fight and all that she stood for.

The answer?

The color purple.

They coordinated a campaign for people to wear her favorite color at Friday night’s rivalry game between Sunset and Beaverton. 

“She fought so hard and carried herself with such dignity and was always so positive that it was really never in our thoughts that it could end, you know?” organizer and fellow Sunset High School student Sarah Blair told Fox 12.

But the campaign went even further: students from the other six schools in the Metro League also wore purple for Nathalie.

A show of solidarity bigger than rivalries or football scores.

“This is about family,” Beaverton High School parent Wil Weatherly added.  “This is about family, this is about children, we all have kids, and football is at the end of it…but it’s mostly about love, human compassion and empathy for other people.”

At the second half, the Sunset football game came on the field holding a banner reading “Nathalie’s Army,” as her friends and loved ones signed another banner that will be given to her family.

“My heart hurts and I wish she was still here,” Sunset High School junior Natalie Day said.  “But at the same time, the support that you get and the way people react to it is huge and it’s something I never expected.”

Day’s brother also battles a rare form of sarcoma.

Too many children do.

“She always had a smile on her face, came to school when most of us would be sick in bed and she never stopped fighting,” Sunset High School Activities Director Tricia Buell said. “I basically just want to tell her we’re never going to stop fighting.”

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