A family from Botetourt County is fighting the battle of their lives.
The opponent is an extremely rare blood disorder attacking their 20 month old daughter.
"We knew there was something more, it wasn't just a virus," Brittney Franklin said.
Back in July, 20 month old Aspen Franklin began running triple digit fevers.
Brittney and Travis Franklin kept taking her to the hospital, and kept getting unsatisfying answers from doctors.
"We took her to the doctor every single day, we took her to the hospital twice in Seattle and everybody I think thought we were crazy," Brittney said.
The Franklins live in Washington State, Travis is a specialist in the Army stationed out there.
Knowing something was wrong, the Franklin's thought it was cancer, leukemia.
Tests showed it was another blood condition called HLH, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, occuring in 1 in 1.2 million children.
"It kind of made us hope it was cancer," Travis Franklin said, "Cancer is better understood and the treatment for it is more universal."
Franklin says the survival rate of HLH is lower than leukemia.
Diseases as rare as HLH are considered Orphan Diseases and don't receive government funding for research.
Aspen's already undergone chemotherapy for HLH and she has to take her drugs through a tube because she won't swallow them.
With limited treatment options, the family must get treatment in a Cincinnati Children's Hospital, it's the one of the only places that specializes in Aspen's disease.
"We were very lucky they caught it at a very early stage, most kids by the time they catch HLH they're in a coma or they have some kind of organ failure," Brittney Franklin said.
The family leaves for Ohio Tuesday night to continue the fight against this potentially deadly disease.
For now, they'll continue getting daily blood tests and hoping for the best.
"If any of those abnormalities come back as positive she goes straight to bone marrow transplant, there's no other options for us," Brittney added.
The Franklins say Aspen's chances of survival are between 60 and 70 percent at this point.
Having parents who fought for their daughter when doctors told them nothing was wrong; she's in good hands.
The family is having a benefit golf tournament to raise money for Aspen's medical bills on October 25th at Brookside Golf Course.