Play for 22 – Lauren Hill

Play for 22If you haven’t been following the story of Lauren Hill you need to Google her name right now and start reading! But make sure you grab a box of Kleenex first!

Hill is a college freshman at Mt. Saint Joseph University in Ohio and has an inoperable form of brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma and doctor’s don’t expect her to live past Christmas.

In fact, she may not make it even two more weeks. However, Lauren’s had a burning desire to play college basketball for as long as she can remember and was afraid that just wasn’t going to happen.

To help grant her dying wish, the coaches at Mt. Saint Joseph and Hiram College both agreed to move their game up two weeks to give Lauren a better chance of playing and the NCAA gave it’s permission as well.

So in front of over 10,000 people yesterday, Lauren Hill’s dream came true as she played in a college basketball game and even scored four points. Afterwards she made it a point to say that this wasn’t her last college game but merely her first.

Teams and players all over the country have started wearing shirts that say “Play for 22″ or have been signing #22 jerseys and sending them to Lauren. She has become an icon of strength, courage, and determination.

The next time you think you’ve had a rough week because you’re not playing well or because your coach gets after you a little bit or because you’re just not into playing that day – think of Lauren Hill – and how she would gladly trade places with you.

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