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MSJ softball team honors Lauren Hill before game

Dozens gathered at Mount St. Joseph University to remember their hero, Lauren Hill Friday (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham) Dozens gathered at Mount St. Joseph University to remember their hero, Lauren Hill Friday (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham)
Both teams participated in a moment of silence and then a balloon release before hitting the softball diamond to play ball (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Shawn Lanier) Both teams participated in a moment of silence and then a balloon release before hitting the softball diamond to play ball (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Shawn Lanier)
MSJ softball team held a "Gray Game" in honor of Lauren Hill (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Shawn Lanier) MSJ softball team held a "Gray Game" in honor of Lauren Hill (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Shawn Lanier)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Mount St. Joseph University's softball team will honor women's basketball player Lauren Hill Sunday before their game against Denison University.

The MSJ softball team held a "Gray Game" in honor of Lauren before their double-header at Hillside Park.

Lauren passed away Friday from a rare form of brain cancer, DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).  She helped raise more than $1 million for cancer research and brought awareness to the rare cancer.

MSJ's softball coach, Beth Goderwis, said this day and this moment had added meaning.

"I lost my mom in November, so this is all kind of personal to me to lose Lauren,” Goderwis said. “You know, we all kind of knew it was inevitable."

Both teams participated in a moment of silence and then a balloon release before hitting the softball diamond to play ball.

Members of the MSJ basketball team sold t-shirts and food to raise money for The Cure Starts Now. Lauren teamed up with The Cure Starts Now to raise more than $2.4 million for DIPG research.

Former teammate Erica Walsh said she will now take Lauren's torch and continue her mission.

"It means a lot to me, and I am to carry it on, and I can't wait to keep doing exactly what she did," Walsh said.

As a senior at Lawrenceburg High School, Lauren was diagnosed with DIPG only 49 days after signing on to play at MSJ.

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