Lauren Hill, a name that will forever be a source of inspiration for cancer patients, died at the age of 19. She passed away on Friday morning after suffering from a brain tumor, which was declared inoperable by the doctors. Lauren had been a college level basketball player.
Lauren Hill had been diagnosed of Brain Tumor in 2013. She had complained of suffering from vertigo and dizziness during her basketball matches as a high school player.
According to her doctors, the tumor had been comparable to the size of a lemon. The tumor had kept growing and there was very liitle that doctors could do. The tumor could not be removed.
Lauren Hill was a freshman at the Mount St. Joseph University at Ohio. Everybody came to know of her condition when she took part in a game, despite of the fact that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor gravely.
Her team supported her by convincing the NCAA to start their season early and ensure that she gets a chance to play. Hill made two layups and was able to score the first, as well as the last baskets of the game.
Lauren was also able to leave behind a part of her through a charity, which she started during her last days. The charity is called ‘The Cure Starts Now’ and its primary objective is to gather money for pediatric brain cancer research and treatment.
Till now, the nascent charity setup has been able to raise more than $1.5 million, an amount much greater than anyone had expected.
NCAA president Mark Emmert had paid his tribute to Lauren Hill by a statement, which was released subsequently on Friday. Emmert mentioned in the statement that Hill’s bravery and enthusiasm will be an inspiration to all the people connected to her in some way.
Her “beautiful spirit” shall continue living forever. He also showed respect and extended his condolences to her family, friends, coaches and her teammates.