Stephen Huff

Guest Blogger

Teacher

Franklin, Tennessee

Stephen Huff is a high school teacher from Franklin, Tennessee, who has lived with stage IV lung cancer since a rare diagnosis at 29 years old. Huff has dedicated his life to not only teaching inside of a classroom but outside as well, where he’s assumed the role as a spokesperson for lung cancer. Before teaching, he was a professional baseball player and spent his entire life taking care of his body. He exercised, ate healthily and never smoked.

Huff had little-to-no symptoms that anything in his body was going wrong, but a lingering cough in 2016, led him to an urgent care center where he diagnosed with bronchitis. However, when a hard lump in his neck emerged several months later, he needed answers and requested further testing. The ensuing results changed the course of his life forever.

Now living with lung cancer, Huff and his wife Emily, have partnered with the middle Tennessee community to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research. Huff’s passion as an educator, is utilized in more ways than one as he has dedicated the rest of his life to teaching and advocacy.

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Posted May 15, 2019

I Have Stage IV Lung Cancer But I Couldn’t Imagine Not Being in the Classroom

I always thought I’d be a professional baseball player. It was everything that ever mattered to me—even if I couldn’t…

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