Lauren Hill, a freshman with inoperable brain cancer, scored the first basket of the 2014-2015 college basketball season during her Division III team, Mount St. Joseph, game with Hiram College (66-55). She took a pass in the post and hit a left-handed layup just 17 seconds into Sunday’s game. The NCAA allowed the schools to move the game up two weeks with hope that Hill would be healthy enough to play. In September, doctors told Hill that she had only a few months to live. “I never thought I would play on a college court, put my feet on the floor and feel the vibration of the crowd. I love basketball, and it was sad when I couldn’t play. But it was great to be here to support the team because they’re supporting me every day,” said Hill after the game. With one minute remaining in the game, the crowd erupted in a chant of, “We love Lauren…We love Lauren! Lauren! Lauren!” At halftime, legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt presented Hill with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award, and representatives from the Indiana Pacers and Fever presented $5,000 check to The Cure Starts now. Lauren’s team also announced that they had raised $40,000 for TCSN, which raises money to fund research for the rare type of pediatric brain cancer from which Lauren is suffering.
Contributor: Chelsea Edirisuriya