A Washington woman who went public with her fight with melanoma and spoke out about the dangers of tanning beds has passed away.
Ashley Trenner passed away 5 a.m. on March 15 at home, just two months shy of what would have been her 41st birthday. Her parents, Bob and Karen, said they were both holding her hands when she died.
Ashley was first diagnosed with melanoma more than seven years ago at age 33. She had started tanning as a teen. After her diagnosis, she actively campaigned to bring awareness to the dangers of tanning salons.
KING 5 spotlighted Ashley's courageous fight four weeks ago. In her final months, she said she only had one last wish.
“If there's one person's life that I can affect, then that's a beautiful gift that I could give to somebody ‘cause I don't want them to end up like me at all,” said Ashley. “It's just not worth it. I can't express that enough. It's just not worth it.”
Washington, Oregon and Idaho are all considering bills that would make it illegal for minors to use tanning beds.