$2.2M in 22 hours: Telethon aims to reach Lauren Hill's goal

Lauren Hill's mom on push to reach fundraising goal
Lauren Hill in her #22 MSJ jersey. (FOX19 NOW)
Lauren Hill in her #22 MSJ jersey. (FOX19 NOW)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - 22 hours to raise $2.2 million for number 22: That's the goal for a telethon to continue Lauren Hill's mission of finding the homerun cure for cancer.

FOX19 NOW is honored to partner with The Cure Starts Now and help further Hill's legacy through a 22-hour telethon. It kicks off Friday at 3 p.m. and ends Saturday at 1 p.m.

Donations can be made by calling 513-326-3845 or online at this link.

Hill wore Jersey number 22 for Mount Saint Joseph's basketball team. Her goal was to raise $2.2 million dollars for cancer research.

Lauren saw her efforts raise more than $1 million before passing away in April.

The telethon ends with the first ever Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic at Cintas Center hosted by the Xavier and Mount St. Joseph women's basketball teams. Xavier plays Evansville at 1 p.m. Mount Saint Joe follows with a game against Hiram College.

A bobblehead of Hill scoring her first point as a collegiate player will be given away to 5,000 fans at the classic.

Ticket are available through Xavier or Ticketmaster with proceeds benefiting The Cure Starts Now Foundation.

Hill was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor shortly after signing with MSJ. She fulfilled her collegiate basketball dreams in a Nov. 2, 2014 against Hiram College.

In front of a sold out crowd, Hill scored her first layup and started a movement to raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer.

As of early Saturday morning, Layup for Lauren has raised $1.9 million.

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