Lauren Hill posthumously honored with NCAA Inspiration Award

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Nine months after her death, Lauren Hill was honored in San Antonio at the 2016 NCAA Awards Celebration. The former college basketball player posthumously received the NCAA Inspiration Award; her parents accepted the award on her behalf.



“I don’t think Lauren really grasped the impact she had,” Lauren Hill's mother, Lisa, said at the ceremony. “Her story went global … and we’re really blessed for her to have had the opportunity to be a voice and accomplish everything she was able to accomplish.”

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Just before the start of 2016, The Cure Starts Now was able to raise Lauren's goal of $2.2 million raised for pediatric cancer research. The Cure Starts Now, the foundation seeking a cure for Hill's rare, inoperable brain cancer, DIPG, made the announcement.

Hill drew national attention for the fight against DIPG by playing in four college basketball games despite her brain cancer and by speaking on behalf of other victims - mostly pre-teens - and their families. Her first game drew a sellout crowd of 10,250 to Xavier's Cintas Center, and EPSN awarded her an ESPY for Best Moment of the year.

You can donate to the Cure Starts Now at

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