Lauren Hill, the late former college basketball player who bravely and publicly fought terminal brain cancer, has been immortalized in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Hill recently had her name emblazoned on a brick, the evidence a donation from a woman who Hill never met. It speaks to the power of Hill’s story. Hill died on April 10 due to complications from her cancer, known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. She died at the age of 19 from a disease that most commonly afflicts children under the age of 10.
Hill’s fight and quick rise to fame came during her time at Mount St. Joseph College. The NCAA allowed a waiver that pushed Mount St. Joseph’s season up two weeks last November. The team’s game was broadcast, Hill briefly played, scored, and her story became national news.
The effects of her fight and her inspiration are still blooming.
The donator is Shannon Freeman-Frogge. The Indianapolis Star reports:
“She’s amazing,” Freeman-Frogge said of Hill. “She has done so much to raise money and has been phenomenal in her inspiration to so many people. She’s such a good role model.”
Freeman-Frogge never met Hill. Instead, she and her 10- and 7-year-old daughters wrote letters and drew pictures for Hill every week and sent them her.
Here’s the brick:
Lauren Hill- Hero, now displayed forever in our brick courtyard thanks to Shannon Frogge’s donation. @layup4lauren pic.twitter.com/p1XNdyWK79
— IN Basketball HOF (@HoopsHall) June 10, 2015
It’s quite likely this isn’t the last Hall of Fame that will see Lauren Hill’s name included.