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Lauren Hill telethon closing in on $2.2 million goal

Lauren Hill telethon closing in on $2.2 million goal

Lauren Hill in her #22 MSJ jersey. (FOX19 NOW) Lauren Hill in her #22 MSJ jersey. (FOX19 NOW)
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Before losing her life to brain cancer, Lauren Hill wanted to raise $2.2 million dollars to fund brain cancer research. Thanks to a telethon that’s being held in her honor, that goal is very close to being met.

Lauren was diagnosed with inoperable terminal brain cancer in 2013 while she was a senior at Lawrenceburg High School. In the 15 months before her death, she inspired thousands by fighting her disease while also fulfilling her life-long dream of playing college basketball; Mt. Saint Joe's gave her that opportunity just over a year ago.

The Lauren Hill “$2.2M for #22 in 22” Telethon, which began at 3 p.m. Friday, is Lauren’s continued effort to raise $2.2 million for cancer research. Organizers have decided to extend the telethon until the end of the Lauren Hill Classic, which will be held at the Cintas Center Saturday at 1 p.m.

If you would like to donate to the cause, you can do so at this website.

According to The Cure Starts Now Foundation’s website, all donations from the telethon will help fund vital research for children battling cancer.

On Friday, FOX19 NOW spoke with parents of two-year-old Huxley Williams who was recently diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), the same cancer that Lauren fought.

“He kept getting sicker so they sent us to Children’s Hospital and did blood work and a CT scan which showed a tumor,” said Cheryl Williams, Huxley’s mom. “It’s been two months ago now.”

FOX19 NOW with Cheryl and her husband, Nathan, outside of Children's Hospital on Friday night to talk about Huxley’s diagnosis and how his diagnosis compares to Lauren Hill’s. “It’s tough to watch her story but now that it applies to what Huxley has, it's even tougher,” Cheryl said.

The toughest part, Cheryl says, is that there are so many unknowns with this particular form of brain cancer. “The struggle the doctor shared with us is that there aren't that many cases of this type of cancer so they don't have a lot of research on it,” Cheryl explained. “The more people know about it, the more the people can do to help find cures for it.”

Finding a cure for this form of brain cancer was Lauren Hill's main mission as she fought for her own life. Not long before she died, Lauren told her mother that she wanted to raise $2.2 million dollars to help find a cure for the other children fighting for their lives because the more money raised, the more innocent lives like Lauren Hill’s and Huxley Williams’ can be saved.

As of 11:40 a.m. Saturday, the telethon had raised $2,013,001 dollars.

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