The V Foundation, ESPN grant $100,000 to Lauren Hill’s Cause
By: Amy Van Syoc
The V Foundation, ESPN grant $100,000 to Lauren Hill's Cause
The V Foundation for Cancer Research and ESPN will grant $100,000 in honor of Lauren Hill to help fund pediatric cancer research on Saturday. The donation will be made at the Jimmy V Women's Basketball Classic Presented by Corona. The game tips off at 3:15 p.m., as No. 3 Connecticut takes on No. 2 Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.
Lauren Hill is a freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University who was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), which is a form of cancer that primarily affects children. Her diagnosis came just after she signed with the team, but Hill was determined to step out onto the court and play for the Lions.
In The Mount's season opener against Hiram College on November 2nd, Hill scored the first and last baskets for the team. She took the court and scored again when the Lions played Bethany College in late November. Her courage has proved to be an inspiration across the nation, and over $500,000 has been raised for cancer research in her name through The Cure Starts Now Foundation and the Layup4Lauren Challenge.
The V Foundation was founded by Jim Valvano, who shared Hill's love for basketball and courage in the fight against cancer. Valvano coached the North Carolina State men's basketball team to an unlikely national championship in 1983. He later was diagnosed with bone cancer, which took his life after a ten month battle with the disease.
During his battle with cancer, Valvano gave arguably the most famous ESPY speech of all time. In that 1993 ESPY Awards speech, Valvano announced the creation of The V Foundation, in partnership with ESPN. Since its founding, The V Foundation has funded over $130 million in grants for cancer research.
To donate to The V Foundation in Lauren Hill's honor, you can visit jimmyv.org/lauren.