Lauren Hill's inspirational story captured a national audience and brought much-needed media attention to the fight against cancer.

The 19-year-old has used that national spotlight to raise awareness and promote activism against cancer. The Cure Starts Now Foundation announced Tuesday that Hill's fundraising drive had reached its goal of raising $1 million to put toward the fight against cancer, including seeking a cure for the disease.


Hill's work once again drew the attention of Devon Still, whose 4-year-old daughter, Leah, is battling pediatric cancer. Still and Hill have previously exchanged gifts and words of support.


Hill first rose to prominence earlier this year through his inspirational determination to play college basketball -- this despite her inoperable brain tumor. While she wasn't able to participate in a full season, Hill did suit up in a college basketball game.

Since then, Hill has stopped playing basketball, but she continues to use her time to benefit others suffering from her condition. She's as brave as they come.

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