CINCINNATI (WISH) — Lauren Hill, the college basketball player who has received international attention for her brave battle with cancer, has died.

The 19-year-old made headlines last fall when he decided to play on the freshman basketball team at Mount St. Joseph even with an inoperable brain tumor.

“You’re supposed to make the best of every moment, but it’s hard. It’s , hard,” Hill said in a recent interview.

He made it through a full season while raising over $1 million for research in to the type of brain tumor he had. At the finish of last year, her Michigan high school retired her jersey number in honor of her inspirational fight.

  CINCINNATI (CBSNewYork/AP) — Lauren Hill spent her final year polishing a layup & inspiring others to live fully. They succeeded at both as they fought an inoperable brain tumor.
The 19-year-old freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University died at a hospital Friday morning, the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation, Brooke Desserich, told The Associated Press.

 Hill wouldn’t let the tumor dictate her final days. Along the way, they became known fundamentally as Lauren, someone who knew how to make the most of every day and who had a knack for encouraging others to do the same incidentally they persevered.
“We are forever grateful to have had Lauren grace our campus together with her smirk and determined spirit,” Mount St. Joseph President Tony Aretz said. “She has left a powerful legacy. He taught us that every day is a blessing; every moment a gift.”

Her nonprofit foundation helped to raise over $1.5 million for cancer research.
“She not only became a spotlight on the shortage of funding for cancer research, but he most definitely has become a beacon guiding researchers for years to come,” Desserich said
 “I’m spreading awareness & also teaching people how to live in the moment because the next moment’s not promised,” Hill told the AP after of her team’s 6 a.m. practices. “Anything can happen at any given moment. What matters is right now.
“Especially after this type of diagnosis, your point of view on life & what you value changes.”
For Hill, that meant spending time together along with her parents & a sister & sister, going to college, raising funds for cancer research, inspiring others, & achieving her aim of scoring a basket in a game.

Lots of people got involved to make it happen.
The NCAA agreed to let Mount St. Joseph move up its opening game against Hiram College by weeks because Hill’s condition was deteriorating. Xavier University offered its ten,000-seat arena so more people could attend. Tickets sold out in less than an hour.

By the time the game came around on Nov. two, the tumor had affected Hill’s right side a lot that they had to shoot together with her non-dominant hand. With Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt & an impressive cast of WNBA players on hand, Hill took a pass & made a left-handed layup only 17 seconds in to the game.

Tears. Goosebumps. Applause.
They also made the last basket of the game, returning for a right-handed layup this time.

“It’s a dream come true,” they said. “To play on a college court, to put my foot down on the floor & listen to the roar of the crowd — I love it a lot. I am liking basketball.
“Everything that happened today was fabulous. I’m truly happy, it’s an excellent day.”
NCAA president Mark Emmert said Hill achieved a long-lasting & significant legacy.


“Lauren Hill’s bravery, enthusiasm & strength were an inspiration not only to those who knew her best but also to the millions of people they touched around the globe by sharing her story,” Emmert said.
News of Hill’s death sparked speedy reactions all over social networks. It was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, where Cavaliers superstar LeBron James wrote a short letter to Hill in a series of tweets.

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