Lauren Hill, Mount St. Joseph University Basketball Player, Dies at 19--Memorial Set for Monday

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Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph University freshman who so desperately wanted to play basketball, has died of cancer. Diagnosed during her senior year in high school with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glimoma (DIPG), a terminal form of cancer, Hill was told she had months--possibly only weeks--to live.

Determined not to allow cancer to halt her plans, Lauren Hill became an inspiration as well as advocate for cancer research. And she got to play basketball, too.

Hill delayed hospice care so she could play in a November 2nd basketball game for Mt. St. Joseph after the NCAA allowed the school to move the game up by a few weeks so Lauren Hill could join her team on the court.

When number 22 appeared and did her lay-up, the crowd went wild.

According to the Washington Post, Lauren Hill told everyone in the sold-out arena how excited she was to be there.

"Today has been the best day I ever had," she said.

Lauren Hill's passing on April 10th has inspired a huge outpouring of love and support on Twitter. LeBron James wrote a heartfelt tribute, broken up into several Tweets.

The Cincinnati Reds honored Lauren Hill on the day she passed away.

Certainly no one is mourning the passing of Lauren Hill more than her family, her friends, and her teammates. Her time on earth was much too short, but the impact she made in that short time was astounding.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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