Brain cancer can make anyone give up hope, especially those who are young. For Lauren Hill, the diagnosis inspired her to step up to be a voice for children who share her DIPG diagnosis. Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a cancer that typically affects children between the ages of 5 and 8, but Hill received the diagnosis at 18 and was given two years to live. However, she refused to let her diagnosis put her down. She made it her goal to play basketball for Mount St. Joseph University, and she was able to play four games. She also held Layups for Lauren, a challenge to raise awareness and funds for The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Before her death at age 19, Hill helped raise $1 million for the foundation that she started.


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  • Learn more about DIPG and educate others.
  • Spend time with a child in your local hospital who is currently battling DIPG or other illnesses to help brighten their day.

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