The Mount St. Joseph student surpassed her target for cancer charity The Cure Starts Now

By Associated Press
Updated December 31, 2014 02:45 PM
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A cancer charity backed by Ohio college basketball player Lauren Hill has used a final push to reach her target of $1 million in donations by the end of the year.

Hill reached her goal just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday for The Cure Starts Now, which funds cancer research. By 6:15 p.m., she had raised $1,113,419, according to ESPN.

The 19-year-old Mount St. Joseph freshman got national attention when she played in a Division III basketball game on Nov. 2, despite having an inoperable brain tumor diagnosed a year ago. She made layups for the first and last baskets of the game.

“It’s amazing,” Hill said to reporters after reaching her $1 million goal. “To reach it this fast and to have so many people that care enough to donate. Thanks to everybody that is here. Thank you everybody that donated and [everyone who is] still donating. And I hope that donations don’t stop with this. Keep on donating to research and keep on helping.”

The charity held a telethon Tuesday, which they promoted on Twitter to help Hill reach her goal.