Eighteen-Year-Old Basketball Player With Inoperable Brain Cancer Gets Her Own Wheaties Box
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Last Sunday Lauren Hill played Mount St. Joseph’s Season Opener, hitting the first and last baskets in front of a crowd of thousands that gathered to see the eighteen-year-old in her first college game. Hill was slated to play as a forward for Mount St. Joseph until being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor; the crowd that turned out to see her raised a collective $70,000 for The Cure Starts Now Foundation.
Now, in addition to being awarded the Pat Summitt Most Courageous award by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, the 18-year-old has also been given what the Washington Post describes as “one of the singular honors in the world of athletics”: she’s featured on a box of Wheaties.
Athletes who have previously received the honor include Muhammad Ali, Lou Gehrig, Michael Phelps, and Tiger Woods.