Lauren Hill, a freshman at Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma in September of 2014. She was told she had an inoperable brain tumor, and had several months to live.
A talented basketball player, Lauren didn’t let her diagnosis prevent her from taking to the court and achieving her dream of playing college basketball. In fact, she scored the first point of Mount St. Joseph’s first game of the season.
In April, Lauren passed away from brain cancer, but she was recently honored by ESPN with an ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award.
“Some days I have really good days and some days I get really emotional but I think for Lauren she started a mission and she wanted to be the voice for the kids and I just have to keep reminding myself that we are her voice,” Lisa Hill told ForTheWin.com.
“We can’t save Lauren anymore because there wasn’t a drug or any good treatments but we can maybe someday save another family, another child from going through the same thing we did because it’s not acceptable. It’s really not acceptable.”