The family of a Newport Harbor High School student who is struggling to recover from a brain tumor is looking for community support.
Shelby Benjamin should be getting excited to start her senior year, but instead she is fighting to recover from her second surgery to remove the tumor.
The 17-year-old was released from the hospital Wednesday and isn't out of the woods yet, her family said.
"I would appreciate any support from the community — any support or prayers would be huge at a time like this to get her back to the awesome, fun-loving girl she is," said Chadd Benjamin, Shelby's 22-year-old brother.
Just days into summer break, Shelby's optometrist spotted a problem during a routine eye exam, said Veronica Ashworth, Chadd Benjamin's fiancé.
She was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma.
Shelby has since gone through two surgeries. The first left her with severe pain, a fever, swollen neck and didn't remove all of the tumor. Now, after the second, she is tumor-free but still under a nurse's care, Ashworth said.