When Muskingum women’s basketball hosted Mount St. Joseph Wednesday night in New Concord, the Lady Muskies were given an opportunity to honor a brave Mount freshman who has inspired the nation.
Muskingum came through in slam-dunk fashion.
"She’s just a remarkable young lady and if every one of us could live our life like her we’ll be remarkable people," Mount coach Dan Benjamin said of freshman forward Lauren Hill.
Hill has played in two games for the Lions this season despite battling an inoperable form of brain cancer known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. Doctors say her days are limited.
"It just puts the game of basketball into perspective for all of us and shows how really important it can make you feel as a person, " Muskingum junior guard Angela Darnley said. "It can lift you up even in your darkest times."
The Lady Muskies wanted to use their home game against Mount as an opportunity to honor Hill and support the fight against cancer. Ten-thousand dollars later, Beth Fox’s team did just that.
"I can’t imagine what their team is going through or will continue to go through as the year goes on so we just wanted to reach out and give them our support and let them know that right now we’re all behind them," Fox said.
Though Hill was unable to make the trip to New Concord, Benjamin says her message to the 589 fans in attendance would have been clear.
"I’d say to wake up every day, compete in whatever you’re in, enjoy the people you’re around and love them because you’re never given tomorrow," Benjamin said.
The Muskies message back to Lauren is simple.
"Lauren, we’re with you," Muskingum athletic director Larry Shank said. "Fight it."
Donations toward the fight against DIPG can be made by visiting The Cure Starts Now Foundation at thecurestartsnow.org.