Lauren Hill was only 19 when she passed away this week, but her legacy is sure to live on for years to come. Hill was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma, a rare kind of brain cancer usually found in much younger children, when she was 18. From then on, she devoted herself to two goals: playing college basketball and raising awareness and funds for her disease. She succeeded on both counts. As sophomore at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, she scored the first and last baskets for her team’s winning game in November. She became the public face of her disease, appearing on a Wheaties box and helping to raise over $1.5 million for the non-profit cancer research group “The Cure Starts Now Foundation.” “When I was diagnosed I remember kind of feeling lonely because nobody understood,” Hill said, according to USA Today. “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.”
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