Javon David Simmons, "Baby J", was an exuberant young boy who gave hugs when offered handshakes, cheered on his siblings at all of their games, and always loved singing the popular children's song "Skidamarink" with his mom. Javon, 7, died Friday at home surrounded by his loved ones. He died of a rare form of childhood brain cancer, known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
Born in Springfield, on February 18th, 2005, Javon left his mark on the community both on and off the field. He was a boy who could make his football teammates laugh for days, and also charm his teachers for hours. Javon loved the Ducks, dreamt of being a Duck someday, and when he met a few Duck players he felt it only appropriate to open his arms wide for hugs. He loved collecting sports cards, riding his bike, and excelled at math. He always came to his older brother's rescue when his dad was giving tickling attacks and adored his big sisters.
"He was the most loving and thoughtful kid toward others and had a true desire to be great at all sports. He will always be my all star," said Javon's dad Jon Simmons. Javon is survived by: his father Jon Simmons, mother Fawn Dussault, siblings Malik and Harmony Simmons of Eugene, and Katelynn Huestis of Montana. There will be a Celebration of Life, open to the public, Saturday June 23rd from 4-9 p.m. at the Lane Community College Longhouse.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on June 22, 2012