Ashley's Story

Ashley Easterbrook was a very special young lady with a strong interest in helping others. Her volunteer efforts included organizing a benefit for the residents of a battered woman’s shelter, organizing Special Olympics events and founding a tutoring program for bilingual students. Five days prior to her high school graduation, Ashley and two friends were killed by a drunk driver. Since her death, her family and friends have been very active in educating the public about the dangers of drunk driving. This site has been established to help educate all of us regarding the issues surrounding drunk driving.

In addition to her devotion to others, she was a serious student and athlete. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was captain of the gymnastics team. In her sophomore year she became a certified lifeguard and saved three lives. Knowing that she had prolonged the lives of others was a source of great satisfaction to her and she hoped to continue to channel her energies to serve others. Ashley had been accepted to the University of Michigan School of Nursing, she was a member of the class of 2001. Most importantly, Ashley was our daughter. Like your daughter or son, she was loved and cherished by her family.

Today we had an AIDS assembly at school. The woman who talked was HIV positive and so was her son. Her son Michael died a month ago of AIDS. It was so sad but so realistic. She was very inspirational and touching. I hope she can touch many other people as she did me. Please bless all of us, and especially Michael who is in heaven with you and the angels.