The young teenager wounded in the arm last week by a shotgun blast at her Roswell middle school faces a long rehabilitation.
Kendal Sanders has been released from UMC, and her family says it could be a long time before she's able to use her arm again.
Her parents describe the 13-year-old as caring, unselfish and most of all brave.
"She's my world, She's a strong person, she's always asking us if we're ok instead of worrying about herself," said Kendal Sanders dad Bert Sanders.
Kendal Sanders and Nathaniel Tavarez were shot last week.
Kendal was hit in the arm, but her family says that didn't stop her from taking care of others.
"Some of the blood had splattered all around her, and she was trying to protect some of her friends without realizing she had been hit," said Kendal Sanders mom Nickie Sanders. Kendal starts rehab Tuesday, but it could be up to four years before she can use her arm again.
Police have not released a motive, but Kendal's parents don't believe the suspect was bullied.
"she wasn't real good friends with Mason but she knew him and that she thought he was a good kid,"said Nickie Sanders.
They say he and Kendal went to bible study together, and don't believe she was targeted.
"we're not mad at the Campbell family, we're not mad at the Bowles, we are actually here for them,"said Nickie Sanders.
Kendal's mom says she's forgiven the suspect.
"She said mom Mason is a good kid that made a bad bad decision," said Nickie Sanders.
But she will never forget what police say he did.
"She's just going to have a big testimony a huge testimony to talk about in her life," said Nickie Sanders.