In 2013, during her senior season, Lauren Hill, committed to play basketball for Mount St. Joseph University. A couple weeks later she started to feel weak, dizzy and occasionally numb. Soon after that she received the diagnoses that she had an inoperable brain tumor. The doctor said she had two years at best.
Lauren hoped for a miracle as she continued to play the rest of her high school season. That miracle never came. Instead came a new purpose for her life. Lauren's doctor told her pediatric brain cancer is under funded and needed a face. Lauren accepted her calling to become the face and voice of all kids who are battling cancer.
Despite her terminal illness, Lauren still wanted to attend college and play on the basketball team. A big moment for every college athlete is their first game, but for Lauren it held more meaning than most of us could ever imagine.
Lauren's goal was to play in a college basketball game. This was a courages and inspiring goal that would help her raise awareness and support for cancer research. Lauren was showing the world that just because you are dying does not mean you have to stop living. On November 2nd, 2014 Lauren played her first college game in front of a 10,000 seat arena that sold out in less than an hour.
The expression on Lauren's face as her name gets called over the loud speaker will have you smiling through your tears. You can see this is so much more to her than a basketball game. It represents a purpose and fulfillment to a life that has been cut short. Lauren said "Today was the best day I have had probably in my entire life. Today I wanted to play basketball and that is what I did".
Lauren passed away on April 10th, 2015. Her non profit has raised over one million dollars for cancer research. Lauren had to over come many obstacles to achieve her goal. Let her story inspire you to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving your goal.
Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight
This weeks Believe in it® Athlete spotlight is Rondo from Sacramento, CA.
He is rockin his Believe in it® shirt well!
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.” - Helen Keller