Suffering from an inoperable brain tumor didn't stop Lauren Hill from attending college and playing on the women's basketball team at Mount St. Joseph University near Cincinnati, Ohio. Nor did it stop her from being the co-founder of The Cure Starts Now, a foundation that supports research to find a cure for all cancers. Her final days weren't spent being dictated by her cancer, even though her body was ready for a rest.
Lauren Hill died Friday morning at the young age of 19, but her legacy keeps on going.
"Through Lauren's fundraising and advocacy efforts, she not only became a spotlight on the lack of funding for cancer research, but she most certainly has become a beacon guiding researchers for years to come," The Cure Starts Now co-founder Brooke Desserich told Associated Press. The nonprofit foundation has helped raise more than $1.5 million for cancer research since it was started.
It was only a year and a half ago that Hill was just like any other teen getting ready for college. But then the Indiana native started experiencing dizziness, with tests confirming a tumor in her brain. Treatment was unsuccessful and doctors gave Hill less than two years to live. But that didn't stop Hill from looking on the bright side and showing a courage many could only hope for.
"I'm spreading awareness and also teaching people how to live in the moment because the next moment's not promised," Hill told the AP. "Anything can happen at any given moment. What matters is right now."