Seconds into her team’s basketball game, Lauren Hill went for a layup and scored two points.
That might not seem like big news except for one very important fact.
Lauren Hill is terminally ill with brain cancer.
The freshman at Mount St. Joseph College in Ohio was a question mark for Saturday’s game. Her coaching staff wasn’t sure if she would show up for the home event at Harrington Center.
But she was there for the opener against Franklin College. And she made a statement beyond throwing a ball into a basket.
Hill is in the final stages of cancer. She has decided to live out her remaining days of life fighting for a cure. A cure that, sadly, will likely be delivered after she’s gone.
At the very beginning of the game, Lauren got a pass from a teammate right after the tip. She went for the bucket and scored the team’s first two points of the game.
That earned her a well-deserved standing ovation from the crowd. There were likely quite a few tears as well.
“I was surprised because I’m like pumped with energy right now and I don’t know where it came from but I was just so excited and ready to score,” Hill said. “I was ready for that basket.”
The whole world was ready for that basket.
During half-time, members of the crowd saw a presentation from TheCureStartsNow.org, the organization to which Hill is dedicating her last moments of life.
“I’m kind of overwhelmed with the support and it just really it touches my heart and I’m so happy that like I’m able to touch everybody else’s hearts and that’s what it just makes everything so much more special,” she said. “It makes that basket more special.”
Hill’s family has said that they are prepared to have hospice care at their home.