Recipient of Paco Rodriguez's lung transplant lived her dreams

Ashley Owens died in December of respiratory failure. She was 24.

Updated: January 18, 2012, 7:14 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

Ashley Owens always had a sense of her own mortality.

"I was pretty much told growing up, like ever since I was little I knew, that I probably wouldn't make it to 25," she said in the fall of 2010, "that I'd be lucky to make it into adulthood."

So she made a bucket list with tasks such as take a ride in a hot air balloon, go white-water rafting, graduate from college and become an elementary teacher, get married.

As she became critically ill from the effects ...

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