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Lauren Hill reaches $1 million goal for cancer research

An unprecedented, city-wide telethon will take place this week to help Lauren Hill raise $1 million for cancer research. (Provided by The Cure Starts Now) An unprecedented, city-wide telethon will take place this week to help Lauren Hill raise $1 million for cancer research. (Provided by The Cure Starts Now)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Tri-State and FOX19 NOW rallied to help Lauren Hill reach her $1 million goal for cancer research Tuesday.

She reached her goal just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. As of 11:10 p.m. Tuesday night, The Cure Starts Now has raised $1,162,565.

Twelve phone lines opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday for call-in for pledges at the Cure Starts Now's Woodlawn location.

Donations can be made: online at www.Layup4Lauren.org  by calling 513-326-3845 or mailed to The Cure Starts Now; 10280 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45215.

Lauren is closing out 2014 with an incredible year of firsts, including her first collegiate basketball game played in front of thousands of supporters nationwide while battling a rare and terminal form of brain cancer called DIPG.  She set the $1 million goal after that game.

[Watch: Lauren Hill says she wants to be remembered as a hero]

“It is so incredibly rare to have such a selfless young lady who has engaged a nation to work together to reach such a vital goal as funding research for the homerun cure to all cancers. Lauren has done it with poise and resolve,” said Brooke Desserich, The Cure Starts Now founder and executive director.

Lauren is more than aware that the money she is raising might not help find a cure to her cancer. But, seeing beyond her fight, Lauren knows the research funded through her challenge will make significant strides for those children yet to be diagnosed. 

The Mount St. Joseph University student considers herself “the voice” for children who are too young to raise awareness about funding research for the homerun cure to cancer.

The Cure Starts Now originally started in 2007 in tribute to a local 6-year-old girl named Elena Desserich and her fight against brain cancer. 

Keith Desserich, Elaina's father, is proud of Lauren and how she was able to inspire people to give.

"The difference with Elaina was that she lost her voice so she wasn't able to tell us how she felt," Desserich said. "What Lauren brings to us is she brings that voice. Lauren creates the challenge, the urgency to find that cure."

In just seven years, the agency has funded more than $2.6 million in research, awareness and programs.

That research may help lead to cures for other types of brian cancer like Glioma. Glioma is currently afflicting 11-year-old Cynthia Towne. Cynthia's mother, Katie, says Lauren is a true hero.

"We're just amazed that someone so young has done something so selfless to help many that come after her," Katie Towne said.

With its focus on a “homerun cure” for all cancers, The Cure Starts Now also has been recognized by media internationally for the inspiration it offers to all that fight cancer.

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