One year later: Thank you Lauren Hill

Remembering Lauren Hill (VIDEO)
Lauren Hill [Photo: FOX19 NOW File]
Lauren Hill [Photo: FOX19 NOW File]
(PHOTO: Facebook/ Lawrenceburg High School)
(PHOTO: Facebook/ Lawrenceburg High School)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Sunday marks the one-year anniversary that we lost an inspirational young woman.

Lauren Hill was 19-years-old when she passed away from DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).

But that is not her story.

Her story is, despite her illness, that she started in her first college basketball game for Mount St. Joseph University and raised more than $1 million dollars for cancer research before she passed away.

Lauren's mission continues with The Cure Starts Now. More than $2.4 million dollars has been raised in honor of Lauren, according to the foundation's website.

As a senior at Lawrenceburg High School, Lauren was diagnosed with DIPG just 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.

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10,000 fans inside Xavier's Cintas Center watched as Lauren made her first layup as a college basketball player. She went on to play in three more games before becoming an honorary coach.

Lauren partnered with The Cure Starts Now and created the 'Layups for Lauren' challenge. Notable athletes, neighbors and people from afar shot layups and made donations for DIPG research.

"Through Lauren's fundraising and advocacy efforts she not only became a spotlight on the lack of funding for cancer research, but she most certainly has become a beacon guiding researchers for years to come," said The Cure Starts Now co-founder Brooke Desserich.

Thank you Lauren. You will never be forgotten.

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