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Lauren Hill's game of a lifetime, one year later

Lauren Hill (File) Lauren Hill (File)
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Facebook has a way of bringing you back to the past when photos from one, two, even three years show up on your news feed.

So I must admit I had mixed emotions today when a photo I had taken from the Lauren Hill post-game news conference a year ago popped up on my feed.

I was sad, of course, looking at her joyful face as she wore her basketball uniform. Sad that a life so well lived was here for such a short time. But I also had to smile because I had the honor to know this special person and her family who showed us how to live with grace and purpose in the face of crushing tragedy.

All Lauren Hill wanted to do was play college basketball, but the diagnosis of a fast growing brain tumor even before she entered Mt. St. Joseph seemed to make that dream impossible.

Well, today is the one-year anniversary of that dream: The sold-out Mt. St. Joseph game against Hiram College at Cintas Center. When the NCAA allowed the game to be moved up, Hiram agreed to the date change and Xavier offered its facilities when it quickly became apparent the gym on the MSJ campus couldn't hold everyone who wanted to attend.

And those who attended got to witness a special afternoon when a teenager from Indiana used her love of basketball to raise thousands of dollars for pediatric cancer research. Members of the Indiana Fever were there; so were her teammates from Lawrenceburg and classmates from MSJ. Legendary coach Pat Summitt gave her an award. It was a day that was sad, hopeful, thrilling and heartbreaking all rolled into one.

So on this one-year anniversary of what's come to be known as the Lauren Hill game, let's pause to remember her lasting legacy - and if you walk by a basketball hoop, sneak in a #Layup4Lauren. Give her another reason to smile, one year later.

[Lauren Hill: I want to be remembered as a hero]

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