Lauren Hill surpasses goal of raising $1 million for cancer research

In addition to outliving her prognosis, achieving her dream of playing college basketball and inspiring people nationwide with her courage, Lauren Hill has accomplished one more goal.

The Mount St. Joseph forward with the inoperable brain tumor has raised more than $1 million dollars for pediatric cancer research.

When Hill began receiving nationwide attention for her quest to keep playing in spite of her condition last month, she set a goal of raising $1 million by Dec. 31 through a charity called The Cure Starts Now. A telethon helped Hill make a final push to raise more than $1.1 million as of Tuesday night. 

Hill has attracted attention nationwide because of her courage after receiving a dire diagnosis. Doctors told her she wasn't likely to live through December after diagnosing her with a rare, inoperable pediatric brain tumor, but the Indiana native has tried to live as normally as possible and has steadfastly refused to give up on basketball.

Ten thousand fans packed the Cintas Center at Xavier University and a national TV audience watched as Hill fulfilled her dream of playing college basketball for the first time on Nov. 2, scoring a layup on the game's opening possession and a put-back late in the second half. She went on to play in three more games before accepting a position as an honorary coach at Mount St. Joseph earlier this month.

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