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The Elite 32 7v7 tournament in memory of Avery Huffman.

Avery Hayden Huffman.

On June 30th, 2015 Avery Huffman was diagnosed with an inoperable, cancerous brain tumor, known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a brain tumor found in the pons, part of the brainstem on the lower back of the brain, near the top of the spinal cord.

Just one week before, Avery complained about double vision and a few days later, her family noticed her right eye was inverted. After two visits to a pediatric ophthalmologist and an MRI, the diagnosis of DIPG was given to the Huffman family.

A DIPG diagnosis usually comes with the following phrases: “There is nothing that can be done,” “All care is palliative,” “It could be anywhere from a few months to maybe a year” and worst of all “There is no cure.”

A few days after Avery’s diagnosis, the #AveryStrong movement started, thanks mainly to the courage, grit, fight, strength and toughness of Avery, who while she battled cancer, never gave up. She inspired untold numbers to never give up, to fight and to always be STRONG, which she did every second of her fight. Thousands of people locally and more nationally and globally joined Avery in being #AveryStrong.

Avery’s story was told by numerous media outlets and platforms, including USA Today, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Ventura County Star, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, FOX, NBC, CBS, Sports Illustrated and Scout.

Several high school, college and professional athletes and coaches dedicated their seasons or honored Avery in different ways for her fight. #AVERYSTRONG