Neal White, Editor
Ashley O'Rear, the courageous young lady who touched
the lives of so many, passed away Saturday afternoon at her home in Waxahachie
surrounded by her family.
She was 14 years old.
We will remember Ashley for her courage and unwavering
passion for life as she battled cancer head-on, refusing to let the disease
prevent her from following her dreams.
We will remember her for being an inspiration to millions
who have followed her triumphs and setbacks through news accounts, Website
postings and prayer circles around the world.
I will remember her as the bright-eyed girl who loved
to travel and explore, and for possessing an inner strength that always
allowed her to rise above hardships that seemed unbearable to most of
She was my friend and I will miss her dearly.
I will miss our talks -— especially those about traveling
and exploring new cities. To Ashley, the world was a wonderful gift from
God and she took great joy in seeing as much of it as her brief life permitted.
Every day was a blessing for her.
She took the good with the bad, but always managed to find
She never complained and she despised pity.
That wasn't Ashley's style.
She wanted people to accept her for who she was, not because
of the disease that had inconvenienced her life.
Even after radiation and chemotherapy treatments following
her first brain tumor in 1997, she refused to wear a wig to cover her