Lauren Hill, the inspirational basketball player who was battling a rare form of brain cancer, has passed away at the age of 19.

Lauren Hill passes away at 19 after battle with cancer

Lauren Hill, the inspirational basketball player who was battling a rare form of brain cancer, has passed away at the age of 19. The heart-breaking news comes from Local 12 in Cincinnati.

In December of 2013, Hill was diagnosed with the terminal brain disease Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). She was given just two years to live.

“I never gave up for a second, even when I got a terminal diagnosis… I never thought about sitting back and not living life anymore,” Lauren said after the diagnosis. “When I leave that’s fine. I’m not scared. I’m scared for everybody else, like my family and how they’ll handle it. And it will be fine.”

Hill never let that hold her back and she went on to inspire a nation through her positive attitude and radiant smile.

Lauren Hill went on to play college basketball at Mount St. Joseph University.

Her story made national headlines.

The bravery that Lauren Hill showed during her bout with brain cancer was something that everyone can learn from. Lauren Hill lived life to the fullest and taught us all to never give up.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hill family, Lauren’s friends and all of those she loved.

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