If you’re discouraged or despondent or downtrodden or demoralized or just plain feel like giving up, hold on just a second or two. Before you thrown in the towel and throw up your hands and throw away your future, before you concede the win and declare defeat, read this:
Lauren Hill died of brain cancer Friday morning at age 19, but left her mark wanting to “bring a change in the world.” Lauren, the Mount St. Joseph University basketball player, spent her final year polishing a lay-up and inspiring others to live fully. While battling an inoperable brain tumor, Lauren created a foundation to raise money for cancer research. Lauren inspired the world by living her dream.
Lauren Hill’s teammates and coaches are remembering the 19-year-old college basketball player with her own inspiring words: ”Never give up.” An example she lived by as she fought a brain tumor and rallied those around her to help her achieve her dream of playing in a game. Several hundred students gathered on the grassy quad at Mount St. Joseph on Friday, spelling out Hill’s No. 22 with blue.
Her life and spirit inspired a nation, judging from the widespread reactions to her death on Friday from the basketball community, the wider world of sports and beyond.
The Mount St. Joseph student gained international attention when she decided to play on the freshman basketball team even as her inoperable brain tumor was sapping her of coordination and energy. She played the team’s opener against Franklin College and scored two points before being replaced in the first quarter.
Lauren, a freshman and native of Greendale, Indiana, was diagnosed during her senior year of high school but decided to play for the NCAA Division III College, which is located near Cincinnati. She played in four games this season and made five lay-ups, including two in her final game, a 66-65 victory over the College of Wooster on Dec. 16. She ended her playing career soon after and became an honorary coach for the team.
Lauren is gone but not forgotten. Fans of Hill can order her Upper Deck rookie card for $10 or an authentic signed version for $50 through the foundation’s online store.
Oh to have the courage and the composure and the bravery and the bravado and the muster and the mettle to do what Lauren Hill did. Lauren said to “find something to fight for.” She did not give up. She did not give in. Her body simply gave out.
Farewell, dear Lauren.