Rival schools come together to honor cancer victim

Rival schools come together to honor cancer victim

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Rival schools come together to honor cancer victim

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Metro League schools will "purple out" Friday night in honor of Nathalie Traller.

Metro League schools will "purple out" Friday night in honor of Nathalie Traller.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Friday nights in the Metro League are not only a battle on the field between football teams, but off the field, as well, between student sections.

Sunset's football team walks out with Nathalie's Army banner.

Sunset’s football team walks out with Nathalie’s Army banner.

But this Friday night was different.

Sunset student Nathalie Traller, 16, died on Monday night after a battle with Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS), a rare and incurable form of cancer.

What started as a social media push for Sunset students to wear purple, or “purple out,” at the Apollos game Friday night at Beaverton, launched into a calling for the community to come together to honor Nathalie.

The hashtag #4Nathalie and #WeAreMetro spread on social media, and not only did Sunset students don purple Friday night, so did every other student section in the Metro League.

Sunset students honor Nathalie Traller Friday night.

Sunset students honor Nathalie Traller Friday night.

Twitter accounts associated with all eight schools in the Metro League (Sunset, Jesuit, Beaverton, Westview, Southridge, Aloha, Glencoe, Century) asked students to wear purple Friday night in Nathalie’s memory.

And for one night, all the schools in the Metro League were on one team. For Nathalie.

To learn about Nathalie and her battle with ASPS, click here.

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