Against all odds, Thunder Bay teen gets home for sister’s grad

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Bronwyn Huffman, 16, arrives at Thunder Bay International Airport to a party of family and friends Tuesday afternoon.
(Brent Linton)
Bronwyn Huffman, 16, arrives at Thunder Bay International Airport to a party of family and friends Tuesday afternoon. (Brent Linton)

A crowd of 20 people holding balloons and banners smiled and wiped back tears Tuesday at Thunder Bay International Airport as they chanted and cheered Bronwyn Huffman’s name.
Over the past 16 months, Bronwyn endured four rounds of chemo, heart failure and near death — all starting at the tender age of 14.
Now 16, she’s back on her feet and doing something her family never thought imaginable. She’s been discharged from Sick Kids in Toronto and is in Thunder Bay for a four-day visit.
“She was really homesick, and it’ll lift her spirits to be back,” said her grandfather Alex Hotson.
“March of last year was the last time she was home, and all they want to do is come back.”

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