Player's charity reaches $1 million in donations

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2014, file photo, Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill gives a thumbs-up as she holds the game ball during her first NCAA college basketball game against Hiram University at Xavier University in Cincinnati. There probably was no more inspirational story in women's basketball this past year than Mount St. Joseph's freshman Hill, who is fighting an inoperable brain tumor. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A cancer charity backed by Ohio college basketball player Lauren Hill has used a final push to reach her goal of $1 million in donations by the end of the year. Hill got national attention when she played in a Division III basketball game with Mount St. Joseph on Nov. 2 despite suffering from an inoperable brain tumor diagnosed a year ago. She made layups for the first and last baskets of the game. Hill is a 19-year-old freshman. She has since November helped raise more than $775,000 for cancer research and treatment through a charity called The Cure Starts Now. The charity tweeted a telethon Tuesday helped it reach her goal. --- Online: http://www.layup4lauren.org/