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19-Year-Old with a Terminal Brain Tumor Inspires Sports Fans with #Layup4Lauren Challenge

     
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Nineteen-year-old Lauren Hill suffers from an inoperable brain tumor with just months to live, but that didn’t stop her from fulfilling her dream — to step foot on a college basketball court.

Lauren is a freshman at NCAA Division III Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. The NCAA allowed the team to move up its first gamin against Hiram College in order to accommodate Lauren and her quickly-deteriorating health. During that game, Lauren scored the first and last baskets — both layups — in her team’s first win of the season.

She called it “the best day I’ve ever had.”

Lauren’s dreams extend far beyond the opportunity to play college hoops. She wants to help find a cure for her terminal disease and has issued the Layup 4 Lauren Challenge to benefit The Cure Starts Now.

Much like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the rules for #Layup4Lauren are:

  1. Record yourself making a layup with your non-dominant hand after turning around 5 times. Why? Because this is how Lauren feels playing basketball while battling DIPG.
  2. If you miss, make a $10 donation to The Cure Starts Now.
  3. Challenge 3 people to also take the challenge and donate to The Cure Starts Now.

Lauren’s challenge went out to a number of pro sports stars, including: NBA star LeBron James, former NBA star Spud Webb, Bengals offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon. She also challenged U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Earlier this week, LeBron responded to Lauren with this Instagram post:

Record yourself taking Lauren’s challenge and share it on social media with #Layup4Lauren.

Melody Harstine Foster

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