Lauren Hill’s Legacy Lives on at the 2015 ESPY Awards

brain tumor awarenessTeen basketball legend, Lauren Hill was honored last night with the Best Moment award at the ESPYs. Hill, who suffered from an inoperable pediatric brain tumor, died on April 10, 2015 at the age of 19, but not before achieving a lifelong dream of playing collegiate basketball. Accepting the award on Lauren’s behalf were her parents who urged people to make every moment count, just like Lauren. That, they said, would be the best tribute to her spirit.

The Division III women’s basketball player just wanted to play one game in college. She ended up playing in four games and made five layups. The community support was overwhelming. In fact, in her first game, the stadium sold out and LeBron James sent her gifts and tweeted how much of an inspiration she was. Lauren went on to win many awards and accolades for her courage, persistence and positive attitude.

At Advanced Neurosurgery Associates (ANA), we understand the devastation attributed to and the emotional agony of brain cancer, particularly among our hundreds of pediatric patients. We share in the sadness of this tragic loss and are humbled by the bravery of Lauren Hill, her family and her community. We are most grateful for the mark she left on the world and for the spotlight she cast on brain cancer awareness.

Lauren Hill’s lasting impact in her fight against brain cancer was truly an inspiration and resulted in over $1.5 million raised for cancer research. To help continue Lauren’s fight against brain cancer, please visit www.layup4lauren.org.