Lauren Hill, a freshman basketball player at Mount Saint Joseph University in the suburbs of Cincinnati, died Friday from a brain tumor.
She was 19.
The Indiana native has been honored with her picture on a Wheaties box and was given an honorary doctorate degree for humane letters by Mount St. Joseph.
Here’s what you need to know about Hill:
1. Hill Died Friday From an Inoperable Brain Tumor
Hill died at a Cincinnati hospital early Friday morning from an inoperable brain tumor.
She went into hospice care on December 1, 2014.
2. She Was Diagnosed With the Tumor in High School
About a year and a half ago while a student at Lawrenceburg High School in Indiana, Hill decided to play basketball at Division III Mount St. Joseph in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio.
Shortly after, she began experiencing dizziness while playing for her team. That’s when tests found the tumor and treatment didn’t work. Doctors informed Hill she had less than 2 years to live.
3. Hill Helped Raise Over $1 Million for Cancer Research
Hill helped raise more than $1.5 million in cancer research for The Cure Starts Now foundation.
In a statement, The Cure Starts Now co-founder Brooke Desserich said:
Through Lauren’s fundraising and advocacy efforts, she not only became a spotlight on the lack of funding for cancer research, but she most certainly has become a beacon guiding researchers for years to come.
4. She Played in 4 Games This Season & Scored 5 Baskets
When Hill’s condition began to get worse, the NCAA agreed to let Mount St. Joseph move up its opening game 2 weeks to November 2. The game was moved to Xavier University’s 10,000-seat arena and tickets sold out in less than an hour.
On hand was former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and a number of WNBA players.
The 5-foot-11 freshman made a layup only 17 seconds into the game.
Hill ended up playing 3 more games and scoring 4 more baskets.
5. Hill Was Honored With the Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award
Hill was given the Pat Summitt Courage Award on April 5, just a few days before her death.
She was also named to the all-conference first team in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference back in March.
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