Lauren Hill committed to Mount St. Joseph to play basketball on her 18th birthday. Less than two months later, she learned that a brain disease called DIPG would kill her in less than two years. Last month, an MRI revealed that her tumor had grown and that she probably would not make it to the end of the year. Lauren’s goal became to play one last game.
That timeline, however, was devastating for Lauren and her family since the team’s schedule was set to open away on Nov. 15. In a turn of good fortune, the NCAA granted Mount St. Joseph’s request to move the game up to Nov. 2 at home. As her story circulated, support for Lauren and her wish to play one last time became overwhelming. Tickets for the game at Mount St. Joseph sold out in minutes and the game was moved to Xavier University’s Cintas Center where it sold out again.
If all goes well, Lauren will realize her dream and take the floor wearing her No. 22 jersey in front of a sold out crowd.
Inspired by Lauren’s courage and love for the game, WNBA players have committed to honoring Lauren. Using the hashtag #1More4Lauren, these players invite you join in the movement to carry on Lauren’s legacy by creating your own #1More4Lauren posts, sharing them on social media and making a donation to The Cure Starts Now a leading charity in the work to find a cure for DIPG.
Washington Mystics center Stefanie Dolson has dedicated her next game in Russia for Spartak to her. Per her Instagram account:
If anyone hasn’t heard Lauren’s story you should check it out. It has inspired and motivated me to dedicate my next game here in Russia to Lauren and I will be donating to The Cure Starts Now Foundation in her honor! I challenge all of my uconn, Mystics, spartak and WBB fans to join me in donating and spreading the word about Lauren and her wish to play one last game for her Mt.St. Joseph team!! You can learn more at www.1More4Lauren.com #1More4Lauren
Together, we can help find a cure for DIPG and celebrate Lauren, her love of basketball and her fighting spirit in a way that endures. To learn more, click here to get to The Cure Starts Now’s website and click here to get to the “1 More 4 Lauren” website.