Nineteen-year-old freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University who championed funding for cancer research dies at a hospital Friday morning, April 10, 2015.
Lauren Hill, 19, was diagnosed with DIPG, a form of brain cancer, on November 20, 2013. Determined to not allow an inoperable brain tumor to silence her, she became a spokesperson, fundraiser and advocate for other kids battling brain cancer through The Cure Starts Now Foundation.
Hill challenged America to continue supporting research by making a monthly pledge to fund the homerun cure to DIPG and all cancers both pediatric and adult by joining Club 22 and donating $22, $122, $222 or more per month to The Cure Starts Now. The number 22 is her jersey number.
Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James penned a heartfelt letter to the teen. He starts,
“You are the true definition of strength, courage, power, leadership, etc etc! Your time spent on earth will never be forgotten. I have that I never got the chance to meet u in person but know you inspired me the whole time! For every life u touched…”
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