BEAVERTON, Ore. - This Mother’s Day a mom is on a unique journey that shows the strength of a mother’s love.
Vicki Traller is on a 24-hour walk around the track at Sunset High School in Beaverton that she started at 3 p.m. Saturday.
“I just know that I have to do something and I just can’t sit at home and watch my daughter suffer and not get any chances,” Traller said.
She’s walking to support her 15-year old daughter Nathalie, who has been diagnosed with Stage IV Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS). It is a rare cancer, and the Traller family is fighting to get access to an experimental treatment called anti-PD1 immunotherapy.
Merck and Bristol Myers Squibb say Nathalie is too young for the medication. Nathalie’s mother hopes her walk will raise awareness about her situation.
“I feel like everybody has the right to pursue the chance to live, to get the medicine that they need," she said. "We’ve been handed so many short straws and I know there’s others like us."
Traller wants the maker of the drug to agree to a compassionate use or an age exception for existing trials or the medication.
“If we can get this drug approved or available for more people, I’m wondering how many other people could really benefit from this and I want to be a part of that,” Traller said.
Traller will be walking until 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Anyone is welcome to join her and support her as she supports her daughter’s fight.
“I just know that I have to do something and I just can’t sit at home and watch my daughter suffer and not get any chances,” Traller said. “As a mother your heart breaks when you see your daughter – your child – suffering and you can’t take their pain away and you can’t take their cancer for them and it just felt wrong not to do something. I wanted to honor her.”