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July 30, 2013

Ashley Drew, young Scarborough woman who inspired many, dies at 26

Born with cystic fibrosis, she gained national attention in an Affordable Care Act video.

By Melanie Creamer
Staff Writer

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Ashley Drew attends an event at the Cumberland County Civic Center in November 2011. The 26-year-old Scarborough woman, who had cystic fibrosis, died Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

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Ashley Drew with her father, Tom Drew, in an undated family photo. The 26-year-old Scarborough woman, who had cystic fibrosis and inspired many in an Affordable Care Act video, died Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

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Drew inspired members of the University of Maine football team when she met them after a scrimmage in May 2010. The team held many fundraisers to help defray her medical expenses.

Chris White, a UMaine professor and director of sports bands and the symphonic band, said she was an "excellent musician and wonderful person." Drew and her brother, Justin Drew, attended the Maine Summer Youth Music Camp, which White also directed.

"She was wonderful. She was what you would consider a perfect student. She was eager to learn and loved to play," White said.

Maroon recalled the night he and Drew came face to face at a Town Council meeting about budget cuts in Scarborough. At the time, she was 17 years old and he was chairman of the board.

"I remember her getting up and I thought, 'Oh no,"' he said with a chuckle. "She spoke so gracefully and eloquently. She talked about how music changed her life and changed her brother's life. You could tell she was someone that was going to make a difference."

The Air for Ashley Facebook page will continue her mission to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis and organ donation. Drew's family plans to establish a nonprofit organization that will benefit families facing the same financial hardships with lung transplant surgery.

Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 Route 1 in Scarborough. Carpooling is strongly urged and the Scarborough High School parking lot can be used.

Her service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, in Portland.

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