Categories: News

9-Year-Old BJJ Student Daphne Hannaford Has Passed Away After Battling Brain Tumor

Nine-year-old BJJ student Daphne Hannaford passed away in her sleep last night, according to a public post from her family.

Daphne, who celebrated her birthday at the end of July, was a beloved member of the jiu-jitsu community and trained at Lee Brothers MMA in Indiana, where she earned her gray-white belt last August. She was diagnosed with cancer a month later.

Image Source: Daphne’s Fight via Facebook

Prior to her diagnosis, Daphne was an active little girl, and also enjoyed dancing, singing, and reading. Her family began to notice that something was amiss when her eyes began to cross and she struggled with her balance. Since her fight against cancer began, her family has kept followers updated via the Daphne’s Fight page on Facebook, and earlier today, they revealed that Daphne had passed away during the night.

Lee Brothers MMA also shared a tribute to Daphne in the wake of her passing:

The GoFundMe that was set up for Daphne’s family to help pay for the cost of her treatment remains active, and you can donate to support her family during this tragic time.

Averi Clements

Averi is the managing editor for the Jiu-Jitsu Times. She's a brown belt under Nick Hughes of Trinity MMA and an ambassador for Grapple Apparel. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @bjjaveri.

Leave a Comment
Published by
Averi Clements

Recent Posts

Tom DeBlass On How To Handle Newcomers Who “Challenge” Martial Arts Instructors

People have been walking into martial arts gyms and challenging instructors since martial arts academies…

1 hour ago

You’re Not The Only One Who Gets Impostor Syndrome When You Get Promoted

Nothing gives jiu-jitsu practitioners impostor syndrome quite like a belt promotion. Even though most of…

5 hours ago

Leandro Lo, Roberto Jimenez, Bia Mesquita, & More Announced For BJJ Stars Middleweight GP

BJJ Stars has certainly earned its name. The promotion has yet again packed an upcoming…

19 hours ago

Lachlan Giles & Ariel Tabak Teach 5 Tips To Improve Guard Retention In BJJ

Guard retention is one of the most crucial skills to learn in jiu-jitsu. Unfortunately, it…

1 day ago

This website uses cookies.