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Lauren Hill talks about Hospice Care
It’s likely you’re familiar with Lauren Hill. Diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer known as DIPG, she and her family knew the disease was going to cut her life far too short.
A college freshman, she plays basketball at Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio. The progression of her disease was expected to rob her of the opportunity to play this season.
With the cooperation of the NCAA, the season schedule was moved up and she was able to play in a game. And then another. And another. Appearing in four games total, Lauren scored 10 points and along the way captured the nation’s hearts with her infectious smile, indomitable spirit and passionate sense of purpose.
Having the support of the local hospice, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, was always a part of the family’s care plan for Lauren. Leaning on their expertise in pain and symptom management as well as family counseling, Lauren has been able to continue two very important missions.
Since DIPG typically strikes children under 10 who aren’t always able to describe their symptoms to doctors, Lauren has been a voice for all those affected by this incurable and largely untreatable disease.
With little known about DIPG, Lauren is also on an ambitious drive to raise vital funds for cancer research. She’s striving to reach a $1,000,000 goal before the end of 2014.
A moment she hopes to see with the help of her hospice team.
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