Although she had a short amount of time, 19 year-old basketball player Lauren Hill touched many hearts. Hill, who made her first college basket despite her inoperable brain tumor, passed away at the hospital Friday morning, the co-founder of her foundation, The Cure Starts Now, said. She was 19.
Hill found out about her brain tumor right after committing to Mount St. Joseph University basketball team in Cincinnati. She learned that she had an inoperable brain tumor called a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Even with this news, she continued on with her student-athlete life.
During that time, the NCAA allowed Mount St. Joseph to move its opening game against Hiram College by two weeks and the opposing team agreed to let Mount St. Joseph have it as a home game because Hill's conditions were getting worse. Xavier University offered its 10,000-seat arena for the game and tickets sold out in less than an hour.
Although the game was sold out, thousands and thousands of supporters witnessed Hill scoring her first college basket.
"It's a dream come true," she said. "To play on a college court, to put my foot down on the floor and hear the roar of the crowd -- I just love it so much. I love basketball.
"Everything that happened today was amazing. I'm truly happy, it's a really good day." via ESPN.
Hill was able to play in four games before she had to stop playing. Through her charitable ways, she was able to raise more than $1.6 million toward cancer research. So, although she may be gone, she will never be forgotten.
"She's made an impact on the world, more so than me -- more than I ever will do," Mount St. Joseph coach Dan Benjamin said.