Giants player wears bracelet for N. Texas boy diagnosed with cancer




Posted on October 28, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 19 at 12:32 PM

ALEDO - While most North Texas baseball fans are focused on the Rangers, there is a Giants player that has his focus on a local boy diagnosed with cancer.

Aubrey Huff grew up in North Texas and graduated from White Settlement's Brewer High School in 1995. He actually grew up in Mineral Wells and transferred to Brewer his sophomore year.

Each game, he wears an orange bracelet for the young boy who has a special place in his heart.

Huff has become one of Joe Turner's best friends, which explains the young boys orange and black Giants gear on the day the Rangers played their first World Series game. Huff was one of the first people to respond when Turner was diagnosed with a tumor on his kidney.

"Someone really good and he is cheering for me, like help me win the battle of cancer," Turner said.

Huff sent the family autographed hats, a baseball and bat. He also entrusted the boy with his personal e-mail address.

"It's special knowing he reached out to our son and during this time," said Liz Turner, Joe's mother. "He is a special guy for doing that."

In August, Huff paid for a San Francisco trip for the Turners. Joe got to hang out with the team, and the seven-year-old gave him an orange bracelet that reads, "Going to bat 4 Joe." Huff wore it throughout the playoffs.

"My mom is like, 'Hey, look at the bracelet,'" Joe said. "I'm like, 'Cool.'"

But, Joe isn't cheering against the Rangers. He is just cheering for a man his family calls a blessing.

"It's harder to hit home runs because the pitchers are getting harder, but I bet he will," Joe said.

Whether the Giants win or lose, the Turner boys will all celebrate when the World Series is over. Joe should be declared cancer free.