Seventeen-year-old Journey is an elite volleyball player who has been highly recruited by college teams. But in early 2022, she was forced to put volleyball on hold when she was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma—the same type of rare brain tumor that took the life of her older sister, Aleya, eight years ago.

Fortunately, Journey’s tumor was diagnosed earlier than Aleya’s was, giving her a better chance of survival. In March, Journey underwent surgery at Phoenix Children’s to remove the tumor, and her prognosis is good.

Hear from Journey and her mom, Candi, about what it’s been like for their family to face another cancer battle.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. All month long, your donation to our Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will be matched, up to $125,000, by our generous friends at the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Camelback Volkswagen Subaru | Camelback Hyundai Kia and Massage Envy. 

That means when you #StepUpWithPCH in September, your gift will go twice as far for patients like Journey.  

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