College Basketball Player Lauren Hill Dies Of Cancer
Lauren Hill, the college basketball player whose fight against cancer captured the country’s attention, has died. She was 19.
Via NY Daily News reports:
Hill was diagnosed with terminal cancer during her senior year of high school. Last fall doctors told her that she had just months to live, with the inoperable tumor on her brain growing day by day, but she beat those odds, playing in the season-opener for Mount St. Joseph’s and being named a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s first team just this week Wednesday.
But it wasn’t her play that earned her accolades, it was her fight. Hill dedicated herself to raising money to help others fight the disease that was killing her — Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Giloma. As of last week, she had raised more than $1.5 million for that cause.
Hill’s condition — which normally affects children ages 4-9 but struck Hill when she was 18 — worsened in recent weeks, and Cincinnati’s WKRC reported that on Feb. 6 Hill was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the university in a private ceremony that included friends, family and teammates
Please keep Lauren’s family in your prayers and thoughts.