• Mr. Speaker, athlete, student, daughter, friend, fighter and hero--this was Lauren Hill . At just 19 years old, Lauren fought the beast of cancer on the basketball court as the world watched. As everyone scrambled and stressed filling out their March Madness brackets, hoping to have the perfect bracket, Lauren was battling a brain tumor.
  • Lauren was a freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a high school student when she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. But Lauren wasn't going to let a tumor stop her.
  • She set off to college to achieve her dream: to play on a college court. And of course, she did it.
  • The NCAA allowed Mount St. Joseph move up its opening game so that Lauren could play.
  • Xavier University even offered their arena so more people could come watch her shoot some hoops. Tickets to the game sold out in less than an hour. 10,000 people came to watch Lauren doing what she loves--play basketball. Among the 10,000 was legendary Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt and some notable WNBA players.
  • Because the tumor had so aggressively attacked the right side of her body, her dominant side, Lauren shot a left-handed layup just 17 seconds into the game. And by no surprise, she made it. But she was not quite done.
  • She made the last basket of the game. This time, she shot the layup with her right hand. One can only imagine what it was like in the arena that day. The spectators were able to watch such a strong soul and example be able to live her dream in spite of her illness. Tears and smiles filled the arena.
  • When she wasn't on the court, Lauren worked to raise awareness and money for cancer research through her nonprofit foundation.
  • She never let the disease define her, because she was Lauren , a college basketball player, who was just doing what she loved. In watching her strength, she has given so many hope--hope that even in the midst of a battle for life, there is faith.
  • As a father of four kids (three of them being girls), and a grandfather of 11 kids (7 of them being girls), I know how special our girls are. Lauren Hill definitely left an impression not only on her team and school community, but the rest of us as well.
  • Thank you Lauren , for so selflessly sharing your story with the world. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging all of us.
  • President Kennedy would have referred to Lauren Hill as a ``profile in courage .''
  • And that's just the way it is.