Avery Huffman, the 7-year-old girl whose courageous battle with the brain cancer Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), inspired so many in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, passed away Tuesday morning, her father Brandon Huffman announced.
Avery Huffman's story, which her father first shared in a touching and heartbreaking piece last summer, quickly spread in sports communities in Seattle and beyond because of Brandon Huffman's role as the national director of recruiting for Scout. Avery's battle with DIPG, an inoperable cancerous brain tumor, touched everyone from local high school teams to college programs like Washington and UCLA to Hollywood A-listers like Kristen Bell, who called Avery in character as Princess Anna from the movie "Frozen," to Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, who visited Avery's elementary school in November.
"While our hearts are broken here on earth, we rejoice that Avery is no longer in pain, no longer is suffering, is walking, is running, is waving both her arms, can see clearly with both of her eyes and is in the kingdom of God," Brandon Huffman wrote in a journal entry on the family's caringbridge.org page. "She is healed and she is cancer free."
Today the Seahawks join so many others in sending our condolences to the Huffman family.