Community supports local family with brave young girl battling cancer

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MINOT, N.D. - Family, friends and community members are joining together to support a local family with a brave young girl who's battling cancer.

Various community members are hosting fundraisers, setting up GoFundme pages, and more to help the Rust family and their 10-year-old daughter Jurnee.

I learned more about how they're coming together to help Jurnee on her journey to recovery.

Jurnee Rust loves owls, the color purple, and her family.

"Jurnee has a special place in our hearts because of how energetic and vibrant she is as a little girl. She's very energetic, very smart. Being a smaller girl she, she doesn't let things like that affect her I mean she does everything that any other ten year old girl would do," said Jason Rust, Jurnee's father.

But, unlike most 10-year-olds, Jurnee spends days in the Intensive Care Unit at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital.

The day after Christmas Jurnee's parents learned that she has a brain tumor. Jurnee and her mother Teina have lived in Minnesota since January.

"It was very devastating. We had no idea that these vision troubles were because of a brain tumor we had no idea," said Jason Rust, Jurnee's father.

Jurnee went through her third round of chemo this week.

The type of cancer she has is forcing her to spend long days in the hospital during her chemo treatments.

Both traveling and medical expenses are piling up, but the community is taking steps to help the family.

"This could be any of ours. A couple of times Teina and Jay were like thank you for helping. But you know what if it was me you guys would be there too," said Heather Columbo, family friend and fundraiser coordinator.

Columbo is asking the community to be there for two upcoming 'Healing for Jurnee' fundraisers.

She's hosting a Vendor Fair and Silent Auction with more than 30 vendors this Saturday. All proceeds will go to the Rust family.

Jurnee's Junior Optimist Club members are also hosting a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch Thursday night with 20 percent of your purchases going to her family as long as you show them the flyer.

The Rust family says, with the community's support, they plan to take Jurnee's journey one day at a time.

You can find out more about Jurnee's fundraisers and the family's GoFundMe page on the Healing for Jurnee Facebook page.