Our foundation was inspired by Lauren Hill #22

DIPG is a rare pediatric brain tumor that is located in the pons/brain stem.  DIPG is primarily diagnosed in children between 5 and 10 years of age. It also makes up 10-15% of all brain tumors in children, with about 200 new diagnoses per year in the United States.   In the past 30 years there has been little progress in improving treatments. Fewer than 10% of children with DIPG survive two years from diagnosis.  Average life span is 9 - 12 mo from diagnosis. 

For more information visit  DIPG.org 

DIPG - Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

Lauren Hill, the inspiring young woman from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare form of inoperable brain cancer, in November 2013. Throughout her diagnosis Lauren was a tireless advocate for pediatric brain canter and to help raise the much needed research funds in an effort to find the homerun cure not just for DIPG but for all cancers.

Videos about Lauren's story:

Original local story that went viral - One Last Game by Local 12's Brad Johanson and Eric Gerhardt

ESPN Story by Tom Rinaldi - Lauren Hill One More Game

SC Features Lauren Hill by Tom Rinaldi

Still Fighting by WCPO Tonya O'Rourke 

Remembering Lauren by Local 12

Coverage of Lauren's Public Funeral Service by WCPO

The project Lauren wanted completed so badly.... her documentary of her journey with DIPG - PlayFor22  by Brad Johansen and Eric Gerhardt from Local 12 

One year after Lauren by WCPO Tonya O'Rourke

ESPY for Best Moment 2015   and  Local coverage of ESPYs

Lauren Hill

Inspirational Hero

Born October 1, 1995    Died April 10, 2015 (age 19)

Lauren Hill, a resident of Greendale, Indiana attended Lawrenceburg High.  During her High School career Lauren not only excelled academically, but also showed her athletic ability by playing 3 years of soccer and 4 years of basketball.  

On November 20, 2013 in the early basketball season of Lauren’s senior year she was diagnosed with an inoperable and

terminal brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).   Determined to let nothing stop her from playing her senior season of basketball she continued to play through radiation and trial chemo.  She inspired Lawrenceburg and the

surrounding schools as she continued to play with adversity, grace, determination and never give up attitude.   Lauren like most high school athletes, dreamed of playing basketball at the collegiate level.  Prior to diagnosis on October 1, 2013 she

accepted to play basketball for Mount Saint Joseph University as long as she could have jersey #22. Lauren graduated in 2014 and attended MSJ for the fall semester in 2014.  In October 2014 Lauren received MRI results that her tumor was growing and her life expectancy was reduced to 10 weeks. Her battle with cancer became public when the NCAA agreed to move up the season opener against Hiram College two weeks prior from original date so Lauren could play before tumor symptoms caused her to become more physically challenged.  The strong public interest in Lauren’s first college game caused the game to be moved to a bigger venue on Xavier University’s Campus. The Cintas Center sold 10,250 seats in less than an hour for the big game on November 2, 2014.  Lauren’s story continued to spread through media and went global.   Lauren utilized the media platform to become the voice of DIPG by spreading awareness and raising much needed research funds to get better medical treatments for future children.  By December 31, 2014 she had helped raise over $1 million dollars for brain cancer research through The Cure Starts Now Foundation, where she was named the foundation’s Chief Motivational Officer.  Lauren ended her collegiate career playing in 4 games and scoring 10 points. When Lauren could no longer physically play the game she continued to support her MSJ Basketball Team by becoming an honorary coach.   Lauren passed on April 10, 2015 raising over $1.4 million dollars at the time of her death and to date more than $2.5 million dollars has been raised in her honor to support and fund research grants.   Help us continue the fight in Lauren’s honor and all the other children who lost their lives by making a donation to Layup4lauren.org. 






About Lauren Hill

High School Career Awards

Academic Medallion 3 years
Lettered 3 times in Basketball
Jack Anderson Award 3 years
Eye of the Tiger Award 2014
Member of The National Honor Society
US Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award
Callaway Memorial Scholarship
Robert W. Meyer – Exemplary Pride & Commitment
Tim “Pup” Johnson Scholarship
H.P. Harrison – Outstanding Mental Attitude
Mount Saint Joseph University – Dean’s Scholarship
McKain Family Athletic Memorial Scholarship
Mount Saint Joseph University Grant

Career Highlights and Awards

Pat Summit Courage Award

Honorary Doctorate Degree for Humane Letters from MSJU
Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
Honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
2015 ESPY Award for Best Moment
First Team All HCAC 2015 – Courage and Outstanding Leadership
2014 ESPNW Impact 25 Honoree
Heartland Women’s Basketball All Conference Award
NFL - Ed Brock Courage Award
2014 Spirit of Cincinnati USA Ambassador Award
Ohio Governors Courage Award
2014 National Guard – Outstanding Character & Values
2014 Heartland Inspiration Award
State of Indiana  Sagamore of the Wabash Award
Named Chief Motivational Officer - The Cure Starts Now Foundation
2014 NCAA Statistical Champion Courage Award
SportsCenter Top Stories of 2014
Honored by Wheaties and EA Sports – NBA Live 15
Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce Award
2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Runner Up
2015 NCAS Courageous Student Athlete
Glamour Magazine - 50 Most Inspirational Women of 2014
2015 Musial Award for Extraordinary Character
Tyler Robinson Foundation – 2015 Individual Humanitarian Award
CSPN – 2015 Sports Story
Mount Saint Joseph University – 2015 Championship Award
2016 NCAA HOF – Inspiration Award
2016 Sports Faith Hall of Fame
2016 Friar’s Club – Francis Award  

2016 Talika Dennis Carter Memorial Recipient—Phenomenal Women of  the Year

2018 Lawrenceburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class Inductee

2018 Hearland Collegiate Athletic Conference - All Decade Team Inductee

2018 Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee

Story remembered as a decade comes to an end.

2019 SportsCenter Images of the 2010's Decade

2019 Cincinnati.com Decade in review: A look at the 10 biggest Cincinnati collegiate/pro sports stories

2019 WCPO Top Moments in the Decade of Sports




Lauren captured the hearts of people worldwide with her tenacity and determination to play in her first collegiate basketball game with her Mount St. Joseph University team. Since her game on November 2, 2014 she became a worldwide inspiration. Lauren used her voice for those children fighting cancer who are too young to speak for the themselves.. Through her efforts more than $1,700,000 has been raised for research for the DIPG Collaborative. Sadly, Lauren passed away on April 10, 2015, but she wanted it to be known that DIPG didn't beat her, but that she BEAT DIPG. To date $2.5 million dollars has been raised in Lauren's honor to help find a homerun cure.