Mount St. Joseph’s basketball player, Lauren Hill passed away on Friday after a one year battle with brain cancer.
The 19-year-old, who was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma at the age of 18, touched the hearts and lives of people around the world for her courage and strength during her illness.
Following reports of Hill’s passing, Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James took to social media to share an emotional open letter and message to the late athlete.
“Dear Lauren Hill,
You are the true definition of strength, courage, power, leadership, etc etc,” James wrote on Facebook. “Your time spent on earth will never be forgotten. I have that I never got the chance to meet u in person but know you inspired me the whole time! For every life u touched, u made the biggest impact of them by just being YOU!! You’re in a far better place now and please don’t have too much fun up there w/o all your family and friends. Can u please tell my Grandma I said hello. Don’t be afraid, she knows you cause we spoke about u plenty of times Until we officially meet again, take care and continue to be that LEADER we all love! #RIPLaurenHill
RIP Lauren Hill.
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