HEALTH & FITNESS
FRANKLIN ATHLETIC CLUB
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"Ashley and I are
knows my thoughts
and vice versa.
Truly, truly she has
always been my
thermometer — if
she was good, I was
- Alyssa Goldberg
family brought out in me," she says,
"from the certainty of knowing that
every time I awoke from a surgery,
I would see my mother, father and
sister proudly smiling back at me."
Her illness has shaped, but not
daunted her, she says. Despite her
still-fragile leg, she does yoga and
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Ashley also makes and sells beaded
corn), donating a portion of the
profits to Make-A-Wish. She loves
showing at local craft fairs, such
as the recent Sisterhood Spring
Boutiques and Fine Art Auction held
at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield.
hopes to work for a nonprofit ser-
"Because of her story, I'm forgoing
something else (at another booth)
She helped bring the American
Cancer Society's Relay for Life
to get this," says Laurie Gonte, a
Farmington Hills resident who was
fund-raiser to the campus of Indiana
University where she earned a
choosing among several pieces. "It
makes me feel so good to do this."
bachelor's degree in psychology.
To qualify for a master's degree in
clinical psychology from the Michigan
"Even if somebody doesn't buy
something, I feel I'm able to form
good connections with people,"
School of Professional Psychology
in Farmington Hills, she wrote her
Ashley says. "We laugh, we cry; we
have so much fun doing this."
"The jewelry lets me express
myself creatively and give back
thesis on "The Adult Experience of
Surviving Childhood Cancer."
who had a parent with cancer.
Dannel Schwartz at Shir Shalom on
May 10, 1997.
rides horses. She loves children and
As a program manager at a non-
profit in Boston, she managed and
facilitated a group for 5-12 year olds
Bat mitzvah Ashley Goldberg with
Rabbis Michael Moskowitz and
to Make-A-Wish. I've spoken at a
number of events. We help out at a
lot of their fundraisers."
"Ashley is an amazing person,"
She currently mentors 12-year-old
Lily Upp of Berkley, who also had
says Marianna Pruss of West
Bloomfield, her friend since seventh
"Ashley is such a great mentor
for Lily," says Sue Upp, Lily's mom.
"I don't feel special," Ashley says.
"I feel I've lived a different life. It's
given me the gift of knowing what's
"She is fun, upbeat, a wonderful role
model and always brings a smile to
Lily's face. They share an unfortunate
life experience and have formed a
special bond because of it."
important — what's petty and
what's not." ❑
(Some of the material for this story
"I love having Ashley as a mentor
because she is fun to talk with and
master's thesis "The Adult Experience of
is somebody that I can relate to,"
was excerpted from Ashley Goldberg's
Sury lying Childhood Cancer" with her