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ESPY Awards to honor Lauren Hill

Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill gives a thumbs-up

Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill gives a thumbs-up as she holds the game ball during her first NCAA game against Hiram University at Xavier University in Cincinnati on Nov. 2, 2014. Credit: AP / Tom Uhlman

LOS ANGELES - Lauren Hill will be honored at the ESPY Awards.

Hill inspired people with her fight against brain cancer and raised over $1.5 million for cancer research before she died April 10 of brain cancer. Her life will be celebrated in a special presentation at the ESPYs on Wednesday night. The former Division III women's basketball player just wanted to play one game in college.

The NCAA agreed to let Hill's team, Mount St. Joseph, move up its opening game against Hiram College by two weeks because her condition was deteriorating.

Xavier University offered its 10,000-seat arena so more people could attend. Tickets sold out in less than an hour.

She ended up playing in four games and made five layups. LeBron James sent her gifts and tweeted how much of an inspiration she was.


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