#22 Lauren Hill continues to inspire Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill gives thumbs-up as she holds the game ball during her first NCAA college basketball game against Hiram University at Xavier University in November (AP photos)
#22 Lauren Hill continues to inspire
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The Mount St. Joseph's women's basketball team held its postseason banquet in a Cincinnati hospital room warmed by Lauren Hill's smile.

The 19-year-old freshman made it through a full season while raising more than $1.3 million for research into the type of brain tumor that will likely end her life. She's occasionally hospitalized for treatment now. But she still holds on to each day as tightly as she can. And she urges others to appreciate their time together.

"That's truly Lauren," coach Dan Benjamin said in an interview. "That's the message she's been saying forever. She's just thankful God gave her that opportunity and that role. Because she's the one that could handle it. And she's done it so gracefully.

College player fights tumor for moment on court

"Even at the banquet, she comes in her wheelchair and she's all smiles. And that's truly amazing. I don't know what her pain level is or how much suffering she's going through. But the girl smiles every time she gets a chance."

Hill was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor during her senior year of high school. She decided to go ahead and attend college and play for the Division III school. The NCAA granted permission to move up the school's opening game because of her worsening condition. She made a layup for the first basket in a game at Xavier University's 10,000-seat arena.

Hill was able to play in four games early in the season, making five layups. As her condition worsened, she became an honorary coach, attending games when possible. She tires easily now and needs to use a wheelchair often.

The team had planned to have its annual end-of-the-season banquet on Feb. 22. The date matches Hill's uniform number. But the final game got pushed back because of the weather. Hill was getting treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

So the team decided to take the banquet to the hospital, using a meeting room. Instead of having a big meal and awards, the players got sandwiches and spent time together.

"We were going to get something to eat, show up, talk about the season and celebrate being with each other," Benjamin said.

The team wore special gray jerseys for the first game at Xavier's arena. The NCAA prohibits schools from giving gifts to players, so they bought them for $22, another way to support Hill's fundraising for cancer research. Hill signed each of the jerseys at the banquet.

Doctors didn't expect Hill to live this long with the tumor, which folds around parts of her brain.

"The first diagnosis was December, around Christmas time, which is why I went ahead and tried to get the first game moved up," Benjamin said. "But that's Lauren. Lauren's not going to let it beat her, she's going to keep fighting.

"Everybody thought she'd be this small, tiny voice instead of this big lion roar. She's done a great job with that. And the money she's raised: Everybody thought she'd get some money, but $1.3 million is amazing."

In a recent interview with WKRC-TV, Hill said, "Life is precious. ... Every moment you get with someone is a moment that's blessed, really blessed."

Critical thinking challenge: How did Lauren continue to participate on her team, without playing?

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COMMENTS (85)
  • Lv99tall
    3/04/2015 - 08:48 a.m.

    THhis aticle is apbut a young freshman basketball female who plays NCAA basketball and raises money for kidws with brain tumor. Its moving because , everyone is inspired about what she has been doing.

  • brandonjaclin
    3/04/2015 - 10:07 a.m.

    She raised 1.3 million dollars to fund the whole thing. Now to team has 1.3 million dollars to do what they want with, so they can pay bills or somthing

  • brooket-And
    3/04/2015 - 10:49 a.m.

    Lauren Hill, a 19 year old freshman, made it through a whole basketball season while raising more than $1.3 million dollars, for different types of brain tumors which will probably kill her.

  • LukeS-Ell
    3/04/2015 - 11:50 a.m.

    Wow its amazing Lauren continued to support her team even when she had a tumor. Im happy of the generosity of the people that gave 1.3 million to try to help.

  • AvaT-Ell
    3/04/2015 - 11:55 a.m.

    This story is so amazing because it encourages people to keep fighting and never give up. Lauren Hill was a fighter she fought against a brain tumor that could possibly kill her. She just kept going and her team cheered her on! She made 5 layups in the whole season! Now that is what you call amazing for a kid who has a brain tumor! If you feel like you can't do something then think of Lauren Hill she fought and fought so you can to! She is such a great role model and I would love to be like her! Her passion is basketball and she went for it! You should read this story because it encourages you to do good and try harder. This story is also very interesting and full of adventure!

  • JudahG-Ell
    3/04/2015 - 12:11 p.m.

    This is about a girl name Lauren Hill and she has a brain tumor.Lauren all so played basketball and she had made her first basket in a game at Xavier area.Lauren has made 1.3 million by raising money.

  • tylerf-Che
    3/04/2015 - 01:44 p.m.

    it is a good thing that this player is still playing I am shocked by her decision to keep playing. it makes people wanna cry ex. me because I am a man

  • savannahe-And
    3/04/2015 - 03:27 p.m.

    Lauren continues to participate on her team by going to games and cheering for her team even when she couldn't play and she was in a wheel chair.

  • kelbyd-And
    3/04/2015 - 03:29 p.m.

    Lauren Hill became a honorary coach for her team instead of playing for the team. That is how Lauren Hill continued to participate on her team without playing.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    3/04/2015 - 08:55 p.m.

    I think this is amazing because this person fought back against the brain tumor she has right now. She also raised $1.3 million for research on the brain tumor she has in her brain. Everyone just underestimated Lauren. But, she made a breakthrough through her brain tumor and continued to play basketball.
    Critical thinking challenge: How did Lauren continue to participate on her team, without playing?
    Answer: Lauren continued to participate on her team without playing by raising $1.3 million for her cancer research funds.

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