Ashton was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma in the July 2007. Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare form of childhood cancer that targets soft tissue.
Ashton finished her first treatment in May 2008. In June, July, and August of 2008, there was no evidence of disease!
Tragically, it came back and Ashton underwent multiple treatments. During this time, Ashton fought nonstop- all with a smile on her face. Courtney Levering, president of Ashton's sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, said that "even though Ashton was battling something that none of us have ever had to go through, she was always smiling."
Inspired by Bob Marley's song "Three Little Birds" and its verse, "every little thing is gonna be alright," Ashton got a tattoo of the three little birds on her wrist as a reminder that everything would turn out okay.
Ashton earned her angel wings on Sunday, March 28, 2010, surrounded by her family. She endured a two and a half year battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. She inspired hundreds of people who followed her story of courage and determination. She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile that could light up a room!