— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) April 10, 2015
Celebrated college basketball athlete Lauren Hill passed away today (Apr. 10) as a result of a cancerous brain tumor. The inspirational player spent the final months of her life helping to raise money for cancer research for The Cure Starts Now Campaign. Hill has been an inspiration to so many people across the world, garnering respect and support from high-profile politicians and celebrity athletes that have helped to make her story heard.
Hill was diagnosed with terminal cancer when she turned only 18 years old, but she still had a driving desire to realize her dreams and play basketball at the college level. Her resolve and spirit were celebrated last November when she played her first and last college basketball game for Mount St. Joseph’s women’s team for an audience of over 10,000 people. Hill scored both the first and final basket of the game for St. Joseph’s victory over Hiram college.
Lauren used the event and her story to help get people’s attention and inform them on the type of cancer she’d been diagnosed with. To date, her foundation, The Cure Starts Now Foundation, has helped to raise over $1.5 million in cancer research funds (with $40,000 during her college game alone!)
“When I was diagnosed I remember kind of feeling lonely because nobody understood. […] I’m so happy that people know about it now and that we can get some research going and hopefully find that home run cure for cancer,” Lauren said to USA Today.
“And even though I’m probably not going to be around to see it, it’s going to help a lot of people. And that’s why we need to keep staying with this and not end it with this game, and keep supporting research.”
The internet has been circulating an overwhelming number tributes in memory of Lauren’s inspirational life…
— WHIOTV (@whiotv) April 10, 2015
Rest in Peace Lauren Hill. Courage beyond words. An inspiration to many!
— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) April 10, 2015
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Lauren helped to raise over $1.5 million for cancer research before passing away this morning. This girl’s story is truly remarkable.