Lauren Hill has passed away at age 19

Lauren Hill has passed away at age 19

Lauren Hill, the Mount Saint Joseph University basketball player who helped raise more than $1.5 million for cancer research, has passed away. She was 19 years old.

The superintendent of Lawrenceburg Schools confirmed Hill's death Friday morning.

Lauren gained international recognition last year when playing her first Division III College Basketball game after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

As a senior at Lawrenceburg High School, and already committed to play at MSJ, Lauren was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a rare form of brain cancer.

Determined to help her live out her dream of playing college ball, Mount St. Joseph coach Dan Benjamin got a special waiver from the NCAA to move up the team's season opener so that Lauren could play before her condition worsened.