My dear friend Ashley told me a few months before she died that if Micheal Jordan could beat all the odds and win 6 Championships, than she could beat the odds too. While the odds were never in her favour, she shined for almost four year against the most trying of circumstances. She taught me what resilency looks like and what it means to show up with a good attitude even in the worst circumstances. She was determined to take back her life after her diagnosis and never stopped pursuing that goal. She completed the Grand Fondo and often shamed me by hiking the Grind before I was even out of bed. In her final weeks we would go for walks where she would always find the most beautiful things. When she wasn't able to walk, we would sit on the porch and laugh. And finally, we would simply sit and hold hands. Ashley was one of the most beautiful humans I have ever known.
It was a true privledge to be her friend and feel her love, and I miss the sound of her laugh all the time. One of her final accomplishments was being awarded the Catalyst Award by the BC Canceer Foundation for her advocacy and fundraising work. Workout to Conquer Cancer was an event she avidly supported, raising over $70,000 for the cause.
Please join me in honoring Ashley's legacy.