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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