Our CBS affiliate WBNS 10TV has confirmed that Lauren Hill, 19, has died from brain cancer.
Hill gained international attention last fall when she decided to play on the freshman basketball team at Mount St. Joseph even as her inoperable brain tumor was sapping her of coordination and energy. She recently appeared by satellite hookup on ABC’s “The View” to talk about her season and her condition.
Hill recently set a goal to raise a total of $2.2 million for research and treatment of the type of cancer she developed more than a year ago. Through her efforts, more than $1.5 million has been raised so far for the children’s brain cancer charity, “The Cure Starts Now.”
Hill developed symptoms during her senior year in high school, and the inoperable tumor was detected. She decided to attend the Division III university and play basketball as planned, her way of making the most of every day she had left. At the school’s request, the NCAA moved up the opening game because of Hill’s deteriorating condition.
The game was switched to Xavier University’s 10,000-seat arena. Hill made the first and last baskets. She played in four games and made five layups before she became too weak to get on the court.
Hill also has befriended Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, whose 4-year-old daughter, Leah, is fighting cancer and got recent scans indicating her chemotherapy has worked. They exchanged jerseys, and she attended a Bengals game last November and met Leah.