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Girl with terminal cancer gets her own Wheaties box

(Source: Layup4Lauren/Facebook) (Source: Layup4Lauren/Facebook)
(Source: Layup4Lauren/Facebook) (Source: Layup4Lauren/Facebook)
(Source: Layup4Lauren/Facebook) (Source: Layup4Lauren/Facebook)
CINCINNATI, OH (WALB) -

A 19-year-old college basketball player showing optimism in the face of a deadly cancer diagnosis is being honored with her own Wheaties box.

The General Mills cereal box, sporting its slogan, "The Breakfast of Champions," shows Lauren Hill from her first college basketball game.

Her Facebook page, Layup4Lauren, posted the picture Wednesday.

Hill attends Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, where she is a member of the basketball team.

Lauren was diagnosed with DIPG, a form of brain cancer, in November 2013.

She captured America's heart when she insisted on playing just one game with her team, according to her website.

And faced with the knowledge that the disease is inoperable, she said she chooses to dedicate the rest of her life while it lasts.

"One January night, I was having a meltdown," she told the Cincinnati Enquirer via USA Today. "I asked God if I could do anything. I didn't know what He sent me here for. I wanted to know what He sent me here for. Whatever you sent me here for, I'm ready to do."

Lauren continues to be a spokesperson, fundraiser and advocate for other kids battling brain cancer through The Cure Starts Now Foundation.

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