Ashleys painful Crohn's symptoms started when she was a sophomore in high school. By early senior year she was too sick to attend school regularly. Ashley learned all too quickly having fun came secondary to the rigors of treatments and hospitalizations. After many days in the hospital Ashley saw just how many children suffered from chronic illnesses, just like her. Ashley knows firsthand just how hard it is to spend days in the hospital or having to visit the hospital often for treatment. So many children suffer everyday and miss out on just being a kid. Watching other children suffer from chronic illnesses is hard for Ashley because she knows just how they feel.
For the last three years Ashley has been receiving Remicade infusion treatments that have helped her bring normalcy back to her life. When Ashley finally started feeling better, she vowed to bring joy to the kids who are battling chronic illnesses, and to give back to her hospital that took such good care of her.