Brain Cancer

Indiana school honors Lauren Hill for cancer fight

Nov. 2, 2014: In this file photo, Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill gives a thumbs-up as she holds the game ball during her first NCAA college basketball game against Hiram University at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Nov. 2, 2014: In this file photo, Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill gives a thumbs-up as she holds the game ball during her first NCAA college basketball game against Hiram University at Xavier University in Cincinnati.  (AP)

College basketball player Lauren Hill's Indiana high school retired her jersey number in honor of her inspirational fight to continue playing during her struggle with brain cancer.

Hill told the crowd at Lawrenceburg High School that she thought she was simply coming to watch her old team play before the ceremony was held at halftime of Saturday night's game.

The 19-year-old has gained national attention for her efforts to play at Division III Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and raise money to research and treat the type of cancer that is taking her life.

WCPO-TV and WKRC-TV report a banner with Hill's No. 22 jersey was unveiled during the ceremony and Lawrenceburg's mayor declared Lauren Hill Week in the southeastern Indiana city.