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I am from Indiana - a state where basketball is king. This year basketball had a queen.
This week a young girl at the age of 19, died from a non-operable brain tumor. She was diagnosed just a few weeks after signing to play basketball for Mount Saint Joseph. Her dream was to play one game on a college court - and she did.
With approval from the NCAA, the basketball season was moved up two weeks so that Lauren could walk on that hardwood floor and play with her teammates while family and friends watched from the stands. She scored the first points in this year's NCAA women's basketball season.
But the amazing part of this story is how she became a face for children with cancer. She raised over 2 million dollars for cancer research, knowing that she would never see the day when a cure is found.
Lauren was a fighter and a believer. I never knew Lauren, but I kept up with her story because I come from a basketball family. Having a daughter who played basketball and who now coaches, this story touched my heart and broke off a small piece. I cannot even imagine what her parents and family are going through.
Last night on Twitter, I saw a picture of "Lauren's Life Lessons" which was passed out at her visitation. Her lessons are ones that we all can learn from.
I cannot even begin to give justice to this story. If you wish to learn more about Lauren and her amazing short life, please watch this video here. Warning - you will need tissues.
Meanwhile, look at these life lessons. Which ones are speaking to you today?
Find the light in every moment!