Lauren Hill’s cancer may be terminal but, unlike Brittany Maynard, Hill says she wants to keep doing what God told her to do — and that’s to keep on fighting while telling the world a good message.
The 19-year-old woman is slated to die soon, whether it be weeks or months from now. Lauren Hill’s brain cancer can’t be cured by current medical science, although researchers say hope of a brain cancer cure may come relatively soon. The situation is eerily similar to that of Brittany Maynard, who chose to end her life with assisted suicide based upon Oregon’s right to die laws. Hill is coming from another direction, instead saying that she wants to spend the rest of her life reminding everyone just how good we have it.
“One January night, I was having a meltdown,” Hill said. “I asked God if I could do anything. I didn’t know what He sent me here for. I wanted to know what He sent me here for. Whatever you sent me here for, I’m ready to do. What keeps me going is remembering why I’m here. I told (God) I’d take every opportunity to speak for the kids who can’t speak.”
Of course, Lauren Hill’s cancer fight has not been easy. The medicine she takes to fight off the creeping cancer comes with terrible side effects like stomach aches, migraines, and the steroids swell her face. Although the pain comes and goes, her resolve to keep fighting does not end.
“I’m spreading awareness on a level that’s never been spread before,” Lauren says, according to USA Today. “I really hope it’s going to bring a change to the world. Being able to have this opportunity is all I’ve wanted and prayed for.”
Wheaties is even honoring Lauren Hill’s cancer fight by putting her on their cereal box. “This was a personal gift from Wheaties to an inspirational young woman,” said Mike Siemienas, Wheaties brand media relations manger.
The Wheaties box is one of a kind and specially made for the Hill family as a surprise. But there’s few other influential sports figures that have received this honor. According to WCPO, Hill’s recent basketball game raised $40,000 for the organization The Cure Starts Now and the viral hashtag #Layup4Lauren is attempting to raise awareness of her particular former of DIPG cancer (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma).