INDIANAPOLIS (June 14, 2015) - Although she wasn't at the game, 19-year-old Hoosier Lauren Hill was the star of the team.
The Indiana Fever remembered her on the court during Sunday’s game, presenting a special Fever jersey marked with the number 22 to Lauren’s family and making her parents captains for the day.
"Lauren would be so honored that Tamika and Coach White and Shavonte Zellous and the whole team has rallied behind her as an honorary Fever member. Just remembering her and the cause that she laid down before us, and essentially she left us the mission. She handed it off and we are now her voice,” said Lisa Hill, Lauren’s mother.
Hill never gave up during her 17 month fight with brain cancer. While others would have been down and depressed, she kept a positive attitude.
“For her as a teenager to embrace it and to try and make something good happen out of a terrible situation. I just really felt connected to her,” said Fever head coach Stephanie White.
Hill’s mission after her diagnosis was to raise money for cancer research. She challenged America to help find a cure for all cancer. The Fever pitched in to keep Lauren’s dream alive. The money donated for layups scored at Sunday’s game totaled up to $9,600.
“She played the sport that we loved; she loved the sport we love. So that connection was there as well. But, it really taught me a lot of life lessons about the bigger picture and what is really important,” said White.
The Hill family says they will continue to work every day to find a cure.
“We are going to keep pushing the mission forward and hoping that families hopefully one day do not have to go through what we sat and watched Lauren go through. The hurt and the pain and the breakdown of her body, it is horrible. I don’t want to see anyone else go through that,” said Lisa Hill.
Fans were also able to come out onto the court and shoot layups for Lauren, raising more money for cancer research. Click here if you would like to get involved in donating to the Cure Starts Now Foundation.