File – Lauren Hill of Mount St. Joseph shares a hug with Pat Summitt during a halftime awards ceremony during the game against Hiram at Cintas Center on November 2, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hill lost her battle with cancer, she was 19. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) / Getty
Lauren Hill, the 19-year-old who inspired many during her brave fight against cancer, lost her battle to that terrible disease on Friday.
Affected by an inoperable brain tumor, Hill did not let the disease dictate how she was going to live her life. She was a perfect example of a person who lived life her way, despite being affected by illness.
Hill once stated in an interview with the AP, “I’m spreading awareness and also teaching people how to live in the moment because the next moment’s not promised. Anything can happen at any given moment. What matters is right now.
“Especially after this kind of diagnosis, your perspective on life and what you value changes.”
Hill brought the lack of funding for cancer research to the masses. NCAA president Mark Emmertreleased a statment regarding her untimely, “Lauren Hill’s bravery, enthusiasm and strength were an inspiration not only to those who knew her best but also to the millions of people she touched around the world by sharing her story. Lauren achieved a lasting and meaningful legacy, and her beautiful spirit will continue to live on. Our hearts go out to her family, friends, teammates and coaches.”
LeBron James also posted a wonderful letter to Lauren on his Facebook page.
Dear Lauren Hill,
You are the true definition of strength, courage, power, leadership, etc etc! Your time spent on earth will never be forgotten. I have that I never got the chance to meet u in person but know you inspired me the whole time! For every life u touched, u made the biggest impact of them by just being YOU!! You’re in a far better place now and please don’t have too much fun up there w/o all your family and friends. Can u please tell my Grandma I said hello. Don’t be afraid, she knows you cause we spoke about u plenty of times Until we officially meet again, take care and continue to be that LEADER we all love! #RIPLaurenHill
Athletes continue to celebrate Lauren Hill’s incredible life on Twitter.
Until we officially meet again, take care and continue to be that LEADER we all love! #RIPLaurenHill Sincerely, LeBron James