Screenshot capture of Lauren Hill in "Lauren Hill: One More Game."

Screenshot capture of Lauren Hill in “Lauren Hill: One More Game.”

Lauren Hill, a freshman at Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, got to fulfill her dream Nov. 2 when she played her first college basketball game.

Although she signed on to the team last year, there was a chance she would not have been able to play after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor during her senior year of high school.

Originally, doctors told her she had about two years to live, but in September, they told her she might not even make it until Christmas.


“It’s a struggle. It’s a constant struggle,” she said in Tom Rinaldi’s video, “Lauren Hill: One More Game.”

If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to ESPN and take a look. It’s a beautifully heartbreaking testimony of a young woman’s zeal for life and love of basketball.

Due to her condition, the NCAA agreed to move the university’s first game of the season up from late November so that Lauren would be in good enough health to play.

“Today means something so much bigger than what I can even understand. To me it means my first college game. Not my last one: my first college game,” she said.

Lauren said she’s been inspired to spread awareness about pediatric brain cancer and help raise money for research after her doctor told her it was underfunded, saying that it needed “a face.”

“That’s kind of why I’m going after this game because that’s been my goal.”

The season opener against Hiram College had to be moved to the 10,000 seat arena at Xavier University to accommodate the huge crowd as interest grew in supporting this young woman. The game raised over $70,000 for The Cure Starts Now Foundation, and organization dedicated to pediatric brain cancer research.


During the game, Lauren scored four points – the first and the last baskets of the game – and her team went on to defeat Hiram 66-55 ESPNW reported.

Lauren was awarded the Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award at half-time and was later named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

You’re in our prayers, Lauren.