Lauren Hill: Rest in Peace

By Dave Andrusko Lauren Hill has died. The 19-year-old Mount St. Joseph student, who fulfilled her dream of playing in a college basketball game in spite of a viciously aggressive brain cancer, inspired millions with her “never give up” attitude. She sure inspired me. Brooke Desserich, the co-founder of Lauren’s nonprofit foundation, The Cure Starts …

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Terminally ill Lauren Hill appears on “The View,” also gives remarkable interview to local television station

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. Lauren passed away this morning. This afternoon I will be posting my tribute to a hero of mine. The following appeared last month in NRL News Today. Cincinnati television station WCPO 9 has done some terrific reporting on a hero of mine: Lauren Hill. I just learned moments ago from …

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Lauren Hill Should be “Extraordinary Person”

By Wesley J. Smith Brittany Maynard was lauded internationally–at A-list movie star decibels–because she committed suicide rather than face the difficulties of terminal brain cancer. But 19-year-old Lauren Hill–with the exact same disease–received far more subdued coverage. You see, she was less newsworthy than Maynard. She wasn’t transgressive. She intended to live until she died–play …

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Terminally ill Lauren Hill appears on “The View,” also gives remarkable interview to local television station

By Dave Andrusko Cincinnati television station WCPO 9 has done some terrific reporting on a hero of mine: Lauren Hill. I just learned moments ago from a story post at WCPO.com that Lauren, suffering from terminal brain cancer, taped an interview with “The View” yesterday that will air today. More specifically, Lauren and her mother, …

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Lauren Hill, the young woman who ought to be the face of the battle over assisted suicide

By Dave Andrusko I visit Lauren Hill’s Facebook page less often than I should. I have three adult daughters of my own and if they were to face a terminal illness, no father could wish for greater courage than Lauren has displayed or that his own family could nurture one of them the way Lauren’s …

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What will be the Legacies of Brittany Maynard and Lauren Hill?

  By Dave Andrusko I was in line at the grocery store, looked to my left, and there, on the cover of People Magazine, was Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard, who took her own life November 1, 2014. Maynard, suffering with a terminal brain cancer, immediately became the “face of the right to …

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Lauren Hill: “I said to God I’ll do anything to be a voice for this cancer and all the kids that can’t speak their symptoms”

By Dave Andrusko Maybe it’s simply that I am the father of three daughters and the father-in-law to another, but few stories have moved me as much as the bravery, the look-truth-in-the-face courage of Lauren Hill. Lauren is only 19, a freshman at Mount St. Joseph college who doctors say will not live past the …

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Lauren Hill is terminally ill but “I know I will be fine”

  “Because I feel like I’ve done God’s work, what he sent me here to do. I feel like maybe, I’m not done yet” By Dave Andrusko Kudos, congratulations, and sincere thanks to WKRC 12, a local station in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a magnificent profile of Lauren Hill, the 19-year-old college freshman who is winning …

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The paths of two courageous people cross: “Jimmy V” fund donates $100,000 in honor of Lauren Hill who is battling terminal brain cancer

  By Dave Andrusko Talk about something coming all together. Lauren Hill is the courageous freshman basketball player who on top of battling terminal brain cancer fought to achieve what seemed to be an unattainable goal, given her condition—playing in a college basketball game. Lauren did, in not just one game but two. As ESPN’s …

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Lauren Hill enters hospice, continues to fight inoperable brain cancer with courage and dignity

  By Dave Andrusko The family of Lauren Hill, the courageous freshman at Mt. St. Joseph college, announced last night that Lauren has entered hospice care. Lauren, battling inoperable brain cancer, has been a profile in courage as she refused to allow her disease to stop her from achieving a life-time goal: playing in a …

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Two women facing terminal brain disease, two profoundly different legacies

  By Dave Andrusko I am convinced that anyone who read our stories about Brittany Maynard would come away knowing two things. We were deeply respectful of what she was going through and the enormous impact her terminal brain disease had on this young woman and her family. But just as our hearts were filled …

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