Lauren Hill leaves hospice care to start, score on home court

Freshman Lauren Hill of Mount St. Joseph has inspired the sports world with her battle.

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Lauren Hill added another chapter to her battle against an inoperable brain tumor on Saturday.

Not only was Hill able to start, but she also made the first basket of the game before being replaced.

Earlier, she spoke to Cincinnati media saying, "There is a lot of good people in the world" and that she believed "God has the last say."

Saturday’s appearance marked the third game in which Hill has played this season.

Hill’s journey has been an inspiring one — of courage, strength and awareness for a greater cause.

DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) is the rare form of brain cancer with a survival rate of less than 10 percent, according to The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Those who didn’t know about it before Hill was afflicted and thrust the disease into the spotlight likely do now.

She’s made that possible through one of her loves, basketball. Hill scored in her first game at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati and has raised more than half a million dollars for DIPG research.

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