Terminally Ill Basketball Player Lauren Hill Raises $1 Million
The Mount St. Joseph student surpassed her target for cancer charity The Cure Starts Now
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.
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.