Ohio basketball player with brain tumor gets Upper Deck rookie card

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CINCINNATI- A college basketball player with a brain tumor continues to be an inspiration as her latest project raises money for cancer research.

Mount St. Joseph University freshman Lauren Hill was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor while in high school. In November, she achieved her dream of playing collegiate basketball in a win over Hiram.

Now, sports card company Upper Deck has created a Lauren Hill rookie card. Sales from the cards will benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation, which raises money for pediatric brain cancer. It’s $10 for a regular card and $50 for a signed version, and they are available on Hill’s website.

“My goal has always been to play and contribute to the Mount St. Joseph women’s basketball team, but never could I have imagined I would have my very own Upper Deck rookie card,” Hill said in a news release on Wednesday.

“It is an honor to be recognized like this and I am so happy my story has inspired hope. I hope those who have been touched by my story will want to collect my Upper Deck rookie card, especially knowing that all the proceeds from the cards will go to help The Cure Starts Now Foundation.”

Hill announced she would stop playing basketball and was named an honorary coach in December. She is receiving hospice care at home.

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