Nick Goepper, Perfect North Slopes host Rail Jam with proceeds to Lauren Hill's fight against cancer

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. - It was two great Lawrenceburg-area athletes for one great cause when Olympic skier Nick Goepper and basketball hero Lauren Hill teamed up at the annual Rail Jam Friday night at Perfect North Slopes.

"We're out here in her honor kinda spreading the love," said Goepper.

Lauren Hill with Nick Goepper (right) and Jeff Branhan of The Cure Starts Now Foundation at the Winter Welcome Rail Jam at Perfect North Slopes.

Goepper, 20, who won a bronze medal in slopestyle at Sochi last February, hosted the event, which brought together about 100 skiers and boarders.

Hill, 19, watched from the deck with family members.

The proceeds went to the Lauren Hill Tribute Fund at the Cure Starts Now Foundation.

Hill, who has inoperable brain cancer and became a national sensation while playing basketball for Mount St. Joseph University,  has raised more than $740,000 for research into her rare disease. Her story captured the eyes and hearts of thousands of Americans – including famous athletes and celebrities - who have joined her cause. Hill is trying to raise $1 million by New Year's Day.

Goepper and Hill are almost neighbors. Goepper is from Hidden Valley Lake and Hill is from Greendale.

WATCH Goepper do the Layup4Lauren challenge on skis in the second video block above.

"I'm really excited for this event tonight. This is one of the highlights of my year," said Goepper, who just came off a third-place finish in the Dew Tour Championships in Breckenridge, Colo.

Here's how to help Lauren's cause:

> Contribute to The Lauren Hill Tribute Fund at The Cure Starts Now Foundation. It was founded by Keith and Brooke Desserich, a local couple who lost their 6-year-old daughter to DIPG.

> Send holiday cards to Lauren via The Cure Starts Now, Attn: Lauren Hill, 10280 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215. TCSN asks you to include a check donation for $22 in honor of Lauren's jersey No. 22. They deliver the cards to Lauren weekly.

> Buy T-shirts, jerseys and wristbands, sign up for Lauren's Layup4Lauren challenge or make a donation at

You can read about Lauren on the Lauren's Fight For Cure Facebook page or tweet or read messages about her at #Layup4Lauren, #LayupForLauren, and #1More4Lauren.


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