A 13-year-old girl from Maryland is battling a rare form of kidney cancer, but she and her parents are hoping to be messengers of strength and awareness while they beat the disease.
Journey Butler is not like most teenage girls. She has a very rare malignant tumor of the kidney called Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC).
Despite the odds that she's facing, her family is taking this challenge head on.
"I'm going to fight this," Journey said. "I'm not about to just focus on fear the whole time."
After two weeks in the hospital, Journey is back at home.
The form of cancer Journey has affects primarily patients with sickle cell trait, which she has but it is more often found in men. When doctors found it, it was already Stage 4 and spread beyond her kidneys.
"Now I'm not as scared," Journey said. "I'm trying to be upbeat."
Journey admitted that it has been hard. She had to drop her passions of dance and cheerleading, but she still finds time to work on her music career.
She said she draws strength from her family and friends.
The whole Butler family has shown support by shaving their heads or changing their diets along with Journey.
"Keep your head up," Journey said. "If you believe you can beat cancer, then you can beat it."
Journey has a GoFundMe page set up to help cover some of the medical costs.