SALEM, Ore.–

We witnessed two tragedies last weekend.

Brittany Maynard changed her previous decision to delay and ended her life on Saturday, November 1. Her decision came after a seizure late in October when she decided to take control before her condition worsened.

Her last days with family and friends ended in Oregon, after moving to the state to take advantage of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act.

The same weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio, another young woman coped with the reality of a short time remaining.

19-year-old Lauren Hill of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, loves basketball. She spent high school honing her skills and refining her passion for the sport. She even dreamed of playing in college.

But an inoperable brain tumor cut short all her dreams.

Hill wanted to play just one college game, but she also wanted to make a difference. Xavier University supplied the venue to inspire countless people through a benefit game to raise funds for cancer research.

“This game was amazing,” Hill said. “It was awesome in every way. It’s a dream come true. To play on a college court, to put my foot down on the floor and hear the roar of the crowd — I just love it so much. I love basketball.

“Everything that happened today was amazing. I’m truly happy, it’s a really good day.”

Sunday’s game gave Hill her one chance to play in a college court and saw her team carry the day 66-55. Her inspiring performance brought the sellout crowd of 10,250 to their feet with applause.

Even though Hill is expected to live less than a year, her story is not over yet. Brittany Maynard brought attention to the stories of young men and women facing imminent tragedy and inspired many to make the most of life.

Luke Douglas is a third-year law student, seminary student, professional political activist, syndicated opinion columnist, and in-demand speaker. He holds a Bachelors degree in communications. Contact him for consulting in campaigns, nonprofit organizations and fundraising.