LeBron James to Basketball Player Lauren Hill: 'You Inspired Me'

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Lauren Hill, the college basketball player who fulfilled her dreams of playing on Mount St. Joseph University’s team while suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, passed away today at the age of 19.

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Among her biggest supporters was NBA player LeBron James who has posted a sweet open letter in the wake of her passing

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Here it is in full (via TMZ):

Dear Lauren Hill,

You are the true definition of strength, courage, power, leadership, etc etc! Your time spent on earth will never be forgotten.

I [hate] that I never got the chance to meet u in person but know you inspired me the whole time! For every life u touched, u made the biggest impact of them by just being YOU!!

You’re in a far better place now and please don’t have too much fun up there w/o all your family and friends.

Can u please tell my Grandma I said hello. Don’t be afraid, she knows you cause we spoke about u plenty of times Until we officially meet again, take care and continue to be that LEADER we all love! ‪

#‎RIPLaurenHill

Sincerely,

LeBron James

Hill played in a college game last November when Mount St. Joseph University persuaded the NCAA to rearrange its schedule to fulfill Hill’s wishes. “Let’s not call it my last game,” she told reporters. “This is my first collegiate game.”

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Over on ESPN.com they have a gut wrenching tribute to Lauren. She stared down cancer and death and instead of “fuck you” she said, “Let what will be what will be. I’ll do what I can with the time I have left.” And she did it all with a smile and without one goddamn complaint. Cancer doesn’t have such dignity. Dear Lauren, may your courageous soul rest in peace. And hey cancer, go fuck yourself.