Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still met with Lauren Hill, a 19-year old who is hoping to play in Mount Saint Joseph University's opening game before she loses her battle to a form of brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, which has a zero percent survival rate.
Had the honor and the pleasure to meet Lauren Hill today at her bball practice..this jersey swap is the most memorable that I will ever have...her strength is beyond inspirational...if you haven't heard her story please don't scroll pass this post without copying this link and watching her story http://youtu.be/hsU24D42PgQ #BeatCancer
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Hill played throughout her senior year after receiving the diagnosis, despite dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, but recently doctors told her that she would likely not make it past December.
The team's season opener was scheduled as an away game for Nov. 15, but the NCAA has agreed to switch the contest to a home game played on Nov. 2 to increase Hill's chances of playing, according to WKRC.
Still has become a leading advocate to increase funding for pediatric cancers after his 4-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma over the summer.
The Bengals defensive tackle and the college hoops star swapped jerseys when they met, with Still calling Hill's story "beyond inspirational."
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