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Lauren Hill Basketball: Terminally Ill College Basketball Player Reaches Her $1 Million Goal For Brain Cancer Research [VIDEO]

By Thomas McKenna
on Dec 31, 2014 12:52 PM EST
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Every goal Lauren Hill has set in 2014 has been met.

Despite being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), Hill fulfilled her lifelong dream of not only playing college basketball, but scoring in four different games for the Mount St. Joseph Fighting Saints.

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When the tumor worsened and Hill was forced to retire from the sport and enter hospice care, she stated that her next goal was to use her story and her profile to raise $1 million for The Cure Starts Now, a charity and research organization dedicated to fighting brain cancer. She's accomplished that goal as well.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, who's own daughter is battling a rare pediatric cancer and who's forged a friendship with Hill in recent months, took to Twitter to congratulate her.

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At the end of the day, perhaps even more inspiring that the charity funds raised or the baskets scored, is the fact that Hill is simply still around to see it all happen. Doctors predicted she would not survive to the New Year, but here she remains, an example of courage and and grace for us all.

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