Cancer-fighting hero Lauren Hill earns all-conference First Team honor
A terrific bookend to an emotional and powerful season.
Lauren Hill, the D-III player fighting inoperable brain cancer, is still going, still fighting, and bringing in beautiful, inspiring stories by the week.
On Wednesday, the Heartland College Athletic Conference, where Hill's Mount St. Joseph team plays, announced Hill was a member of the league's all-conference first team.
"This award is being presented to Lauren in recognition of her courage and outstanding leadership," HCAC Commissioner Chris Ragsdale said ina statement. "Lauren has been a tremendous inspiration and role model for all student-athletes across the country. She has shown through her leadership and dedication how one individual can truly make a difference."
Hill's story became national news in October when the NCAA approved a move of Mount St. Joseph's first game, in an effort to ensure Hill could get on the court and play before the cancer rendered her inadequate for play. She got on the court and created what I think is the best moment of the college hoops season. By December, Hill was forced to step away from the game for good.
The release from the Heartland Conference continues, "Her efforts have stimulated fund raising that has generated well in excess of one million dollars. Earlier this year in a private ceremony following Mount St. Joseph’s contest against Hiram at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, Commissioner Ragsdale, along with over 100 HCAC women’s basketball players and coaches, presented Hill with the HCAC Inspiration Award."
Here's to hoping the NCAA, at both the men's and women's Final Four this year, does something to publicly acknowledge Lauren Hill's fight and all she's done to stir so many for the better.
Most of all, it would be incredible if Hill could manage to make it to either Final Four. What a scene that would be.
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