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Torch Relay

Ashley Jean O'Rear was chosen by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee to be one of the official torchbearers as the Olympic Flame made its way through Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas, on its way to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ashley died of cancer before she was able to fulfill that incredible honor. This is the story of how and why she was chosen, and how the Flame came to symbolize the inspiration that she gave so many people because of her indomitable spirit and her undaunting courage.

Ashley truly did ...

"Light The Fire Within"