Lauren Hill has died, but her legacy of courage and determination lives on.
The Cincinnati, Ohio college student entered the spotlight through her goal to play for her college basketball team despite suffering from incurable brain cancer.
Mount St. Joseph University, the NCAA and an international community of supporters banded together to make Lauren's dream come true on November 2 of last year. Hill played briefly during the game and scored two baskets. She went on to play in four more games before her illness forced her to stop.
Her major goal in playing and sharing her story was to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Lauren suffered from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a type of cancer which usually affects young children.
Lauren had told press:
"When I was diagnosed I remember kind of feeling lonely because nobody understood. And now that more people know about this story and the awareness of DIPG. I'm so happy that people know about it now and that we can get some research going and hopefully find that home run cure for cancer."
Lauren's advocacy was supported by many pro athletes including members of the Bengals, Spurs, and Nuggets. After her passing, LeBron James tweeted:https://twitter.com/KingJames/status/586553101391269890
Lauren's efforts have raised over $1.5 million for cancer research to date.