Lauren Hill’s resounding message of inspiration

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Even as she continues to battle a rare and terminal form of brain cancer, Lauren Hill, the basketball player for Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati who inspired fans to raise more than $1 million in donations, continues to inspire her teammates.

Hill, who will be honored on March 4 as the 2014 Spirit of Cincinnati USA Ambassador by the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, is most worried about how her family will react when her disease finally wins the fight.

“I worry about how they’ll handle it,” she said. “They’ll wake up the next morning and look at that bed and see their daughter not breathing. I just can’t imagine that reaction.”

Last week, Hill presented a check for $58,776 to The Cure Starts Now Foundation for her first college basketball game, one in which she scored and raised money and awareness for DIPG, the disease that is taking her.

To honor her, the Mount Saint Joseph team joined her and the Hill family recently. With barely enough strength to hold her head up and hold on to her pen, Hill signed team jerseys her parents bought for the rest of the team.

Hill, who inspired thousands of fans across the country to take a Layup for Lauren to raise money, has been honored with an honorary Doctor of Human Letters recently.

WKRC’s Brad Johansen tells her story.