Lauren Hill Basketball: Terminally Ill College Basketball Player Reaches Her $1 Million Goal For Brain Cancer Research [VIDEO]
on Dec 31, 2014 12:52 PM EST
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.
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.
— The Cure Starts Now (@CureStartsNow) December 31, 2014
There aren't enough thank yous for the endless support we've gotten for Lauren & the mission we share to end cancer. pic.twitter.com/OFqrhUFGxe — The Cure Starts Now (@CureStartsNow) December 31, 2014
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.
Congrats Lauren Hill on raising 1 million dollars for DIPG Cancer research! Using your battle to raise awareness n money is an inspiration!
— Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) December 30, 2014
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.