One young athlete became an overnight sensation for the most unexpected reason, even capturing the attention of superstars with her bravery and courage.
Lauren Hill was a basketball player from Cincinnati, Ohio, who was struggling with her battle against cancer.
Hill was a bright star with a large future ahead of her. She was an incredibly talented athlete with dreams of playing for the Mount St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team. Unfortunately, she was hit with the devastating news that her brain cancer was terminal.
She was officially diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma just after celebrating her 18th birthday. It was then that she made it her mission to see to it that more funds were raised to help find a cure. Her zest and passion for a cure spread like wildfire, and she quickly became an inspiration to millions.
In an interview, she commented on her purpose: “When I was diagnosed, I remember kind of feeling lonely because nobody understood. I’m so happy people know about it now, and we can get some research going and hopefully find that home run cure for cancer.”
She continued: “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.”
Her cancer was inoperable, and she was given a very short amount of time to live. Mount St. Joseph gave her a massive platform by allowing her to play, despite her debilitating condition, in a game, scoring the opening and closing shots. NBA celebrity, LeBron James, even took note, tweeting his encouragement to the rising young star.
Now, three years after her passing, she’s received an honor of a lifetime. In 2019, Hill will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall Of Fame. This is something that she would have been thrilled to have known.
Though she is no longer here on earth, her passionate efforts and continual inspiration continue on, and now she’ll forever be remembered at the school in which she loved so dear.