We are raising funds from Avery supporters from our Lakeland Hills community to in order to name the play structure at Lakeland Hills Park after Avery Huffman.
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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.
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.”
Avery fought a tremendous fight, but ultimately fell victim of this awful disease in February of 2016, at the young age of seven.
Supporters of Avery are rallying together to name the play structure at Lakeland Hills Park in Auburn, WA after Avery Huffman. In close partnership with the City of Auburn and the Huffman family, a plan has been established to fund the newly erected play structure. These funds will be used to also include signage telling Avery's story for all to recognize the impact this young girl made on so many.
Everyone who continues to use this wonderful new area at Lakeland Hills Park will be reminded of this special young girl. This play area was a favorite of Avery's and this location was selected by the family because it was so special to her. As members of the Lakeland Hills community, we want to provide a special way to memorialize her and allow other kids to enjoy this beautiful park and play structure.
One week before Avery’s diagnosis, just days after she had finished kindergarten at Lakeland Hills Elementary School, she was at Lakeland Hills Park with her sisters and brother, the park where she played growing up. She asked her mother to video her climbing across the monkey bars. At the end, she jumped off the bars, and yelled ‘Ta-Da!’ in celebration. Just a few days after that, noticing something was wrong in her eye and in her strength, Avery again climbed the monkey bars, but with some assistance from her father. Two days later, Avery’s diagnosis of DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, the most lethal form of pediatric cancer) was given to the family. The video of her climbing across the monkey bars is the last video the Huffman family has of Avery, fully healthy, fully capable of doing what she was able to, without cancer ravaging her body. That video is priceless to the family. Their hope is that families for generations to come, will be able to watch their own children “Climb Like Avery” on the play structure, and enjoy Lakeland Hills Park like the Huffman did and has for years.
The funds raised (less Fundly.com administration and transaction costs) will go directly to the funding of this play structure so that the City of Auburn will officially name it after Avery. The specific title will be worked out with the family in partnership with the city.
In the Fall of 2018, we will have a special ceremonial unveiling of the new play structure with the new name and signage. Supporters of this campaign will receive special acknowledgment at this event.
Additional funds raised above those costs will go toward a plaque in Avery's honor installed on a bench at Avery's school she attended, Lakeland Hills Elementary.
Any funds raised above the target for this project ($5,000) will be directly donated to the Avery Huffman Defeat DIPG Foundation.
Please contact Darin Padur @ firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. We will continue to provide updates through Fundly.com and other social media platforms on our progress and updates with this project.
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