It stands at five feet 10, which was her height. Her full name "Lauren Elizabeth Hill" is on the headstone, along with her dates of birth and death, and the motto: Never give up. (Photo: Lisa Hill)
The back of Lauren Hill's headstone (Photo: Lisa Hill)
Lauren Hill (Photo: FOX19 NOW/File)
GREENDALE, IN (FOX19) -
Lauren Hill's mom, Lisa, showed FOX19 NOW pictures of the new headstone on her daughter's gravesite.
The Mount Saint Joseph University basketball player helped raise more than $1 million for cancer research before passing away last April from an inoperable brain tumor. Lauren was 19 years old.
Lauren's headstone stands at five feet 10, which was her height. Her full name "Lauren Elizabeth Hill" is on the headstone, along with her dates of birth and death, and the motto: Never give up. Carved into the headstone is Hill's No. 22 jersey, which is held by an angel. The headstone is at the Greendale Cemetery in Indiana.
Lisa told FOX19 NOW that her and Lauren talked about what should go on her headstone. Lauren said she wanted a bench and her jersey draped over it.
Lisa said she thinks her daughter would be pleased.
She played four collegiate-level basketball games and brought awareness to an incredibly rare form of brain cancer, DIPG, all while battling the disease herself.
As a senior at Lawrenceburg High School, Lauren was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) only 49 days after signing on to play at MSJ.
Determined to help fulfill her dream of playing college ball, Mount St. Joseph coach Dan Benjamin got a special waiver from the NCAA to move up the team's season opener so that Lauren could play before her condition worsened.
Lauren maintained a strong spirit in her mission to raise funds and put DIPG, which typically effects children ages 5 to 10, on the map.
She became the face and voice of a cureless disease.
“I want to be remembered as a hero for little kids to look up to,” Hill said in 2014. “Give them a beacon of hope that there is hope and hopefully that a cure is coming soon.”
Lauren is a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree for humane letters from Mount St. Joseph University, and on April 5, 2015 Hill was awarded the Pat Summitt Courage Award.