Lauren Hill helps raise $176k for cancer research

CINCINNATI - Thanks to an Indiana teen, a little-known type of brain cancer is receiving national attention – and significant fundraising support.

Lauren Hill, a 19-year-old from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, made headlines earlier this month when she played her first, and likely only, NCAA basketball game for Mount Saint Joseph University in Ohio.

Hill, who was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare form of brain cancer, fulfilled her NCAA dream in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,000 fans at Xavier University's Cintas Center on Nov. 3.

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Now, less than two weeks later, Hill is in a wheelchair and often wears sunglasses to deal with headaches from the cancer.

Doctors told her she wouldn't make it to Christmas, but she's still fighting.

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On Thursday, Hill presented a check for more than $176,000 dollars to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

"It's kind of like I'm in a dreamlike state, because so much as happened and it's just unreal," Hill said. "Just keep working hard and never give up. I don't expect any of you guys to give up."

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Hill has been helping "The Cure Starts Now" Foundation to raise money for research.

The money given to the hospital will go to a registry that collects brain tissue samples and information from patients with DIPG for research purposes.

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