PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A 26-year old Scarborough woman who battled cystic fibrosis all her life was remembered for her courage and faith Friday.
Hundreds attended a special memorial service celebrating the life of Ashley Drew. Drew died last week at a Boston hospital, a little more than a year after she received a double lung transplant.
Over the past year, Drew suffered from infections and seizures which ultimately led to her death. Despite the fact her lung didn't work at full capacity Drew mastered several instruments including the saxophone and the horn. She performed in the pep and jazz bands and the symphony at the University of Maine. Her friends and family say Drew was '90 pounds of pure courage who never gave up.
'She was out light and just brought so much joy, love and happiness to our lives,' said Joy Drew, Ashley's mother.
'She was an inspiration to so many people even those who never her who never spoke to her, she touched them. She gave them the strength to keep fighting through any situations, they were trying to get through,' said Heather Gallant, Ashley's former roomate and UMaine classmate.
Ashley's family plans to set up a non-profit foundation called 'Air for Ashley' to educate others about cystic fibrosis, organ donation and raise money for cystic fibrosis patients and help pay their medical bills. You can go to https://www.facebook.com/AirForAshley for more information.