Lauren Hill battled brain cancer in her final years while wanting to play basketball, but her battle ended as she passed away at age 19 on Friday.
Hill had inherited a rare cancerous disease called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, and she was diagnosed with it when she was 18.
Despite her condition, Hill was known for continuing to be positive throughout her cancer, and she did not let it affect her desire to play for the Mount St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team.
The 19-year-old finally saw her dream come true on November 2, as she played in front of over 10,000 spectators while scoring the first and last basket of the game in a 66-55 victory.
The sold-out crowd cheered for Hill throughout her inspirational performance, and she has inspired The Cure Starts Now foundation to raise over $1.5 million for cancer research.
Hill touched many lives, including those of prominent professional athletes such as LeBron James.
Until we officially meet again, take care and continue to be that LEADER we all love! #RIPLaurenHill Sincerely, LeBron James
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 10, 2015
My deepest condolences to Lauren Hill’s family and friends. An example to us all.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) April 10, 2015