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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Natalie Wright is happy to be in San Diego.

"It's new and exciting and this one was closest to Utah. So, we're happy to be here," she said.

This bubbly 17-year-old from Provo is just happy to be anywhere.

"I've had three brain surgeries, when I was two years old, four years old and 10. But then, I've had multiple eye surgeries and facial surgery," she said.

In her short life, Natalie has also logged a year and a half of chemotherapy and lived four years with a tracheotomy. But no pity party for this high school senior with a brain tumor.

"I have a lot of support at home. I have four brothers and sisters, six nieces, nephews and great parents," Natalie said.

Natalie is here to be the first pediatric patient to undergo a radical new procedure called proton beam therapy at Scripps Hospital.

"It's new radiation that's just one beam that goes into the tumor," Natalie explained.

With three weeks of treatments down and another three weeks to go, Natalie and her dad are staying at Ronald McDonald House, hoping and praying for the best.

"She's about as optimistic as you can get," father John Wright said.

The family is grateful to have a home away from home.

"Can't even imagine not having it. Just every day, we are so thrilled and pleased to have the ability to be able to be here," John said.

For the folks at Ronald McDonald House, this is just what they do.

"They are going off to the proton beam center and coming back, actually five days in a row for six weeks, is really the kind of prototypical way we provide care for these families, who would otherwise be in a hotel room stuck somewhere for six weeks," Ronald McDonald House President and CEO Chuck Day said.

In times of crisis, families like Wright's look to us for hope and support. They depend upon our generosity for one day. That day is Red Shoe Day.

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