CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - Lauren Hill, the Mount Saint Joseph University basketball player whose battle with cancer captured the hearts of people around the world and helped raise more than $2.5 million for research, has been posthumously inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.
Lauren was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare and fatal pediatric brain tumor, as a high school senior.
On November 2, 2014, Lauren Hill's dream to play in a college basketball game, came true.
She scored a basket with a play designed just for her #22, called Lauren’s Layup.
“Lauren would be so honored that her love for the game is not forgotten, and she would be so proud of the work that we continue to do to help support other families by raising money for research and for better treatments,” Lauren’s mother Lisa Hill said. “For her to be inducted as a Mount player would have made her so happy. She just loved it there.”
“What Lauren did was take a disease that few people have ever really heard of, besides those who have to go through it, and put it out there, in front of the entire country,” Lauren’s father Brent Hill said. “It would make her so happy there are still people who not only remember her and her story, but also that this amazing fundraising and research is continuing in her name.”
The Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame 14th Annual Induction Ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.