According to the Washington Times, supporters of Lauren Hill are so upset that Bruce Jenner was chosen over her for ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Award for Courage that they started selling t-shirts that have a picture of the teen with the words, “The Real MVP” and “Thank You Lauren” at the bottom.
Lauren had a very deadly form of brain cancer known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is a pediatric cancer found at the base of the brain. Unfortunately, less than 10% of DIPG children will live longer than 18 months from diagnosis. Doctors told Hill that she wouldn’t live to see 2015, but she proved them wrong and never stopped fighting her cancer.
The company selling the shirts, Cincy Shirts, says that 50% of the funds collected from the sales will go to The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Prior to her death, Lauren raised over $1.5 million for cancer research and said she felt she was doing God’s work.
As LifeNews previously reported, supporters of Lauren also took to Twitter to express their outrageous about Jenner receiving the award. One user said, “Elective surgery isn’t courage or bravery. Fighting brain cancer with grace and dignity at 19 is. Lauren is most deserving.” Another named Josh commented, “Lauren Hill deserves the ESPY award for courage, and it should not even be a discussion. What an absolute embarrassment.”
In a statement ESPN said the following about the award: “Sometimes that courage is demonstrated over the course of a lifetime and sometimes it is demonstrated in a single act that shines a light on an important contemporary issue. At all times, there are many worthy candidates. This year, we are proud to honor Caitlyn Jenner embracing her identity and doing so in a public way to help move forward a constructive dialogue about progress and acceptance.”
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Last Christmas Lauren said, “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. Maybe that’s why I’m still here.” Then, in March, Lauren appeared on the ABC talk show, The View alongside her mother, Lisa, to raise money for The Cure Starts Now Foundation. “It’s kind of hard to just focus on you and not on others. I just kept thinking about all of these other kids who have nothing else to do and their families being told that they have nothing else… and I have to be that voice,” said Lauren.
Additionally, Lauren was praised by basketball legend LeBron James on Twitter after her passing. James wrote, “Dear Lauren Hill, You are the true definition of strength, courage, power, leadership, etc! Your time spent on earth will never be forgotten.”