Lauren Hill received a special surprise on Wednesday, November 6. A special package arrived for the college freshman after attending basketball practice. Inside was a Wheaties box with her picture on it. As far as she knows, it’s just a one box deal. But considering her inspiring story, it wouldn’t be a surprise if more people want their own Lauren Hill Wheaties box.
Back in high school, Hill committed to play basketball for Division III team Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. But before she could even play her first game for the team, she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Hill was told by doctors that she will only have until December to live.
— John Stehr (@JohnWTHR) November 6, 2014
Knowing that her dream was to play college basketball, Mount St. Joseph and Hiram College decided to move a match previously scheduled on November 15 to a closer date in order for Hill to play. The match happened last Sunday, November 2 at Xavier University.
Hill scored the first points of the game and the college basketball season after she scored off a teammate’s assist 17 seconds into game. A crowd of 10,000 came out in support of Hill, and were cheering as the terminally-ill freshman was subbed out of the game.
Mount St. Joseph won the match 66-55.
Talking about the experience, Hill told ESPN, “I never thought I would play on a college court, put my feet on the floor and feel the vibration of the crowd. This game has been amazing, and everything that happened today was amazing. This is a really good day.”
Hill is hoping she could participate in Mount St. Joseph’s next game on November 21.
As for role as the new face of Wheaties, she’s more than thrilled. "I said, 'Oh my gosh, wait till Dad sees this,'" she told WKRC-TV.
Other athletes that have appeared on the Wheaties box include Michael Jordan, Lou Gehrig, Brett Favre, and Muhammad Ali.