The inspirational story of Lauren Hill, the 19-year-old Mount St. Joseph College forward with an inoperable brain tumor, gripped the sports world the past few weeks.
Hill has been told by doctors that she may not live past December, and she made it a goal to play in one game for her team. Despite constant headaches, dizziness and weakness, Hill accomplished that mission Sunday. Her incredible fight drew the attention of LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire and a host of other athletes.
— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) November 2, 2014
— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) November 1, 2014
As Mount St. Joseph College is in Cincinnati, teams and athletes from the city felt a special connection to Hill. Devon Still, the Bengals defensive linemen whose young daughter was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, met Hill a few weeks ago and gave her his jersey.
— Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) October 21, 2014
On Sunday Still honored Hill with his eye black:
I got the green light from baby girl to wear #LaurenStrong instead of #LeahStrong today after telling her Lauren's story. I wish I could be there today to cheer you on with the thousands of fans but I have some business to handle in the jungle today! I just want to say how proud I am of you the way you haven't let cancer stop you from living out your dream of playing bball at the collegiate level. I know I speak for the whole country, especially the cancer community, when I say your are the true definition of strength, courage and determination. You are a inspiration to all and we all love you and are rooting for you. I will wear your name with pride today! Good luck and I know you will ball out! Make sure coach B has that Mountain Dew on tuck for you haha #LaurenStrong #NeverGiveUp #PlayFor22
On Sunday, the 5-foot-11 Hill scored four points in her team's 66-55 win over Hiram College.
"Let's not call this my last game," Hill said in a TV interview during the game. ". Let's call this my first collegiate game. I've never felt this good in my life."
For more information about Hill's charity, The Cure Starts Now, see here.