2013 - Ashley Martin
Ashley Martin was diagnosed in June 2012 at age 22. She has had two brain surgeries to resect the tumor. As the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Get Busy Living Award, she received a Dream Day arranged by the I Am Genie Foundation.
From Ashley’s nomination:
Ashley exemplifies the term “Get Busy Living.” Even before her diagnosis, she helped support other in need, and this commitment to help others continued after her surgeries. Ashley continues to deal with health issues with the grace of a true survivor. She does not let her diagnosis get in the way of her living life, and she continues to share her story in an effort to help others deal with their diagnosis.
Ashley’s reflections on receiving the Get Busy Living Award:
When at a very low point after having my first craniotomy and being told I had brain cancer, I discovered Stupid Cancer. Reading about Matthew Zachary’s story inspired me to get back to what drives me in this life, and that is to help others. When I was told I was nominated for the Get Busy Living Award, I was so humbled to be counted among the hundreds of young adult cancer survivors who are kickin’ it & getting busy with life! Most of all, when I was told that I won the award, I felt as though I just wanted to share that feeling of being validated for the long fight! Yes, I got an amazing prize package with a Sweet Suite, got to hang with a really cool blue genie, drove huge tractors in a giant sand box, spent time at the space, went to dinner & cocktail parties and – my favorite – raced a Ferrari around a technical race track at 120mph and then rode in a Lamborghini with a professional race driver at 130+mph (what an adrenaline rush)! But the best part of winning the Get Busy Living Award was receiving the honor of the award title itself. So get up, get going and Get Busy Living!