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Friday, April 10, 2015

Lauren Hill's legacy will live on well after her death

This week has been all about celebration in the world of women's basketball.

It began on Tuesday when the UConn women's basketball team won its third straight national title and 10th championship overall. The Huskies were greeted by fans upon their return to campus on Wednesday. There will be a parade on Sunday and another championship celebration on campus on Monday.

Today, however, there is another kind of celebration taking place. It is the celebration of the all too short life of Lauren Hill, college basketball player and the inspiration to so many with the way she attacked her battle with cancer.

I remember being at a service for late former Yale women's hockey player Mandi Schwartz, who passed away at the age of 23 in 2011 just three years after she was diagnosed with leukemia, when one of the speakers made a point of disputing media reports that Schwartz lost her battle with cancer.  Like Hill, who started the Cure Starts Now Foundation which is reported to have raised $1.5 million, Schwartz used her courageous battle with cancer to make a difference in the world and I would have to say that neither Schwartz nor Hill have lost their battle with cancer.

The annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration drive is coming up on Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Yale campus. Since the first donor drive more than 4,500 registrants have been added to the national database and more than 20 matches have been found. I imagine that there will be events in the coming years in Hill's memory as she continues to fight the good fight against cancer well after her death.

Twitter has been blowing up with fitting tributes to Hill including some from current and former UConn players.

RIP Lauren Hill. She was inspiring to more people than she will ever know. Prayers to her family and friends.

RIP Lauren Hill. Her story will never be forgotten. Her fight and courage inspired us all.

Back in early November I asked Geno Auriemma for his take on Hill's efforts to be a spokesperson for the fight against cancer even as she battled for her life. Here's the video of that interview.


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