Mount St. Joseph University and Xavier University together presented a check to The Cure Starts Now Foundation on Tuesday, November 18 for $58,776 from proceeds from the MSJ women’s basketball game with Hiram College. This contribution increases the amount of money raised to date in honor of Mount freshman basketball player Lauren Hill in her courageous fight against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) to more than $324,000.
“Lauren Hill engaged the world with her courage, positive spirit and tremendous faith as everyone learned about her fight against DIPG,” said Tony Aretz, Ph.D., president of the Mount. “When her dream of playing a college basketball game became a reality, people around the country flew to Cincinnati to become a part of that historic day. The game, which couldn’t have happened without the cooperation of several groups, helped Lauren raise money for The Cure Starts Now Foundation to help find a cure for this kind of cancer. Xavier University played an essential role with their offer to use the Cintas Center for the sold out game.”
Dr. Aretz and Xavier University president Father Michael Graham also recognized groups that worked together to make the Nov. 2 game, including representatives from the NCAA, Delhi Township, Lawrenceburg, and Dearborn County.
The game day donation to The Cure Starts Now Foundation will provide Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with continued support of their International DIPG Registry and support the registry’s primary goal of understanding the biology of DIPGs in the interest of developing more effective therapies and approaches to diagnosis, assessment and treatments that will improve patient outcomes.
Mount St. Joseph University is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic university that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.