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Medical Edge: Event funds brain cancer research

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- An 18-year-old girl from Greendale, Indiana has a unique summer job.

Lauren Hill inspires others as a spokesperson for the Hyde Park Blast happening June 28th and raises money for "The Cure Starts now." 

While playing high school basketball last fall Lauren's mother said she complained about her energy level and that she couldn't keep up with the other girls.  A short time later the high school senior was diagnosed with what's called DIPG.

Brook Desserich from The Cure Starts Now explains, "DIPG is one of the rarest brain cancers out there.  And it primarily houses itself inside the brain stem."
After daily radiation Lauren credits her toy poodle, Sophie, as well as  family, friends and faith with keeping her cancer from spreading.

"It's like I have a big group of prayer warriors.  That is really comforting," said Lauren.

Since then she has made it her mission to speak out about this disease.  Lauren has become an ambassador for this type of brain cancer and helps to raise money to find a cure.

Lauren said, "Most kids affected by this disease are real young so they can't share their opinions on what happens.  So I feel like I was chosen to be  able to give a voice and share what's happening and get it out there.  Spread awareness."

Lauren has teamed up with The Cure Starts Now and Desserich said, "What we do is we fund research for primarily pediatric brain cancer in hopes of finding that hormone cure to all cancers."

Until they have that cure Lauren's family says she inspires them to remember, as the saying goes, 'Every day is  a gift, that's why they call it the present.'

Lauren will attend Mount Saint Joe this fall and play basketball there.  She also invites the community to register for the races at Hyde Park Blast which fund The Cure Starts Now.

CLICK HERE for a link to the Hyde Park Blast and to register or learn more about the event.

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