Lauren Hill visits Newport Aquarium

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(L-R): Brent Hill, Lauren Hill, Lisa Hill, Erin Hill, Nathan Hill and Sarah met Newport Aquarium’s eight African penguins.

NEWPORT, Ky. – Lauren Hill, the celebrated 19-year-old college basketball player with brain cancer, and her family took a private tour of Newport Aquarium on Sunday morning.

The Cure Starts Now Foundation arranged the event after a trip to Newport Aquarium was among the events on a family activity to-do list the Hill family submitted to the nonprofit organization.

Lauren was accompanied by her parents, Brent and Lisa, as well as her brother Nathan, sister Erin and Nathan’s girlfriend Sarah.

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Posing at the Penguin Palooza exhibit.

 

The Hills were led through the aquarium by Newport Aquarium Animal Ambassador Ric Urban, who guided the group on a tour that lasted more than two hours.

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Lauren Hill went eye to eye with Mighty Mike, a 14-foot, 800-pound alligator at Gator Alley.

Because Lauren and Lisa love penguins, the tour was capped off by a surprise trip to The Penguin House, which exhibits eight African penguins and is typically only available to the public with an additional purchase of a Penguin Encounter.

Lauren was given a painting made by Paula the penguin, as well as shark teeth the commemorate the day.

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Lauren Hill received a painting made by Paula the penguin.

Lauren, who has a rare brain cancer known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), is leading a campaign to raise $1 million for The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Currently the campaign is more than halfway to that goal.

How to give: Make checks payable to “The Cure Starts Now” and mail to:
10280 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45215.

All donations go directly to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma research. The Hill family will receive an acknowledgment of the donation. Information: www.thecurestartsnow.org.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

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