The energy of the tie-dye event yesterday filled the halls of Bonny Slope Elementary with warmth, laughter, hope, and good feelings. I was honored to be the focus of such a positive and heartfelt celebration.  I was surrounded  by bouncy slides, music, taco trucks, awesome raffle prizes, and opportunities to talk and reconnect with many generous people. I was especially pleased to see a table full of people helping support me by taking the time to write to senators and other important figures about Compassionate Use! And of course, the main attraction was a big hit. 🙂  Vibrant splatters on the floor from the dye seemed to mix themselves into the joyful and messy atmosphere of the small room. The picture posted here perfectly describes the situation. Last of all, I just want to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved/at the event, & all who continue to support me in my fight. I am awed at how dedicated, generous, and hardworking  you have been for these past 2 years.  Your love and kindness is truly what keeps me and my family going each and every day. I’d say we definitely kicked some major ASPS! As a last side note, I’d like to give a shout out to a few people in particular who I know put everything they had into making this happen:tiedye

At the risk of leaving someone out Academy Awards style:

– To Pam Winklesky: Once again, you pull of a wildly successful event with your incredible tie dye expertise!

-To the owner of the taco truck: So grateful for your generosity, as you come all the way from Salem with your delicious food!

-To the Nunez family: You continue to support us with your love in the church community, and helped run an awesome raffle with great prizes!

-To the Samuelsons, Tais, Mans, & Newbys: You just keep giving  your time and heart to run with us! Thankful everyday to have you on our “team”!

So many others, so many volunteers! Thank you!



Hi, I’m Nathalie Traller. I’m 15 years old and have ASPS. I love dolphins, soccer, spending time outside, and reading. I’ll be writing on this blog about what it’s like to be a high school student with cancer, and my personal experiences as well. I hope this will give people a better understanding of what my life is like on an everyday basis. Here’s a letter that sums things up.