Our family foundation was inspired by Lauren Hill #22

DIPG is a rare pediatric brain tumor that is located in the brain stem.  DIPG primarily affects children between 5 and 10 years of age. DIPG makes up 10-15% of all brain tumors in children, with about 100-150 new diagnoses per year in the United States.   In the past 30 years there has been little progress in improving treatments. Fewer than 10% of children with DIPG survive two years from diagnosis.  Average life span is 9 - 12 mo from diagnosis. 

DIPG - Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

 Lauren Hill, the inspiring young woman from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare form of inoperable brain cancer, in November 2013. Throughout her diagnosis Lauren was a tireless advocate and spokesperson for The Cure Starts Now’s efforts to find the homerun cure. Lauren captured the hearts of people worldwide with her tenacity and determination to play in her first collegiate basketball game with her Mount St. Joseph University team. Since her game on November 2, 2014 she became a worldwide inspiration. Lauren used her voice for those children fighting cancer who are too young to speak for the need for funding research for the “homerun cure”. Through her efforts more than $1,700,000 has been raised for research with the DIPG Collaborative. Sadly, Lauren passed away on April 10, 2015, but she wanted it to be known that DIPG didn’t beat her, but that she beat DIPG. To date $2.3 million dollars has been raised in Lauren's honor to help find a homerun cure.

About Lauren Hill