Mount St. Joseph's basketball player Lauren Hill died at age 19 on Friday after an extended battle with brain cancer.
Hill's emotional story captivated the nation as she fought her disease to realize her dream of playing college basketball, scoring the first basket of Mt. St. Joseph's season opener against Hiram College in front of over 10,000 fans at Cincinnati's Cintas Center.
The sports world is reacting to her death on Twitter and Instagram, showing that Hill provided a near-universal inspiration to those who heard her story.
"When you die it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you leave." Lauren never let this terrible disease define her. She didn't let it control whether she lived out her dream of playing college ball and she fought to live pass what doctors originally told her she would. Lauren left her mark on this world by showing people what it really meant to NEVER GIVE UP. So would I say she lost her battle with cancer? Hell no! Because of her fight and selfless act of using her fight to raise an incredible amount of money and awareness, doctors will one day find a cure for DIPG! It hurt like hell seeing the news this morning and i'm not even sure how I'm going to tell my daughter. In the past two weeks, two kids that I have met and developed relationships with have passed from cancer smh something's got to give its not right #For22 #LaurenStrong
Dear Lauren Hill,— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 10, 2015
You are the true definition of strength, courage, power, leadership, etc etc! 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...— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 10, 2015
made the biggest impact of them by just being YOU!! You're in a far better place now and please don't have to much fun up there w/o all...— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 10, 2015
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..— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 10, 2015
RIP to the courageous Lauren Hill. Thank you for being an inspiration.— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) April 10, 2015
The sports world lost one of its most courageous athletes. Our thoughts are with the family, friends & teammates of Lauren Hill.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) April 10, 2015
R.I.P. 2 Lauren Hill... She was a true inspiration not only 2 bball players but all people! She impacted the lives of millions w/ her dream.— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) April 10, 2015
God bless Lauren Hill. Thank you for showing us how to live fully, die gracefully and fight courageously. Amazing woman— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) April 10, 2015
TMC FB's thoughts & prayers are with the Lauren Hill family today. #22's mission for a Cure continues, her message will never be forgotten.— Thomas More Football (@TMC_Football) April 10, 2015
Rest in Peace Lauren Hill. Courage beyond words. An inspiration to many!— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) April 10, 2015
R.I.P Lauren Hill🙏🙏🙏🙏.— ReggieEvans30 (@ReggieEvans30) April 10, 2015
Hill's hope was to use her story's visibility to raise $2.2 million for pediatric brain cancer research, and her campaign has already raised $1.5 million of that goal.