This past May, the University of Iowa Dance Marathon family lost one of its former members to cancer. Following is her story as told by her father:

Ashley Kron was born on September 1, 1991 in Moline, IL to Jay and Gloria Kron.  Ashley has a brother Kevin and a twin sister Abbey.  Ever since she was a little girl her dream was to go to college at The University of Iowa.  Upon graduating from Moline High School in 2009, Ashley enrolled at the University of Iowa and quickly decided that she was going to major in Sports Management.  As soon as she arrived at Iowa, Ashley quickly found a job as a student intern for the University of Iowa Women’s Basketball Coaches and remained in that job for all four years she was there.  During her freshman year at Iowa, Ashley participated in the Dance Marathon and quickly fell in love with the event and the mission of the organization.  She became a student volunteer and was very passionate about the Dance Marathon and very committed to helping raise funds for this great organization.
Ashley has always been an extremely loyal person and was always very committed to those organizations that helped others, especially children.  She spoke so highly of The U of I Dance Marathon and the cause it stands for.  She worked very hard for the organization, but also had a lot of fun doing it and met a lot of great friends.  It was always the highlight of the year for her.
After graduating from the University of Iowa in May 2013, Ashley did a summer internship for her beloved St. Louis Cardinals and then got her first real job in the Oklahoma State University Athletic Department.  In September 2014, Ashley moved to Charleston, SC to take a job with Family Circle Cup Women’s Pro Tennis Center as an Assistant Ticket Manager.  In 2016, Ashley took a job as the Athletic Ticket Manager at The Citadel Military College in Charleston, SC.
In October 2016, Ashley was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroendocrine Cervical Cancer, a very rare and aggressive small cell cancer.  She courageously battled through several rounds of chemotherapy at both the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Several times during those long and grueling chemo treatments, Ashley often times commented that while working on the Dance Marathon she never dreamt that she would be suffering from cancer so soon after that.  She also said that if all of those poor kids that she saw and worked so hard for could beat cancer then she could to.  Unfortunately on May 8, 2017, Ashley lost her battle with cancer but through it all she never forgot about her time volunteering for the Dance Marathon and how much it meant to her and all of those children that the Dance Marathon touches.
“While meeting with Ashley’s parents, I was told stories about Ashley that really highlighted how much she loved being a Hawkeye and a member of Dance Marathon. Her love and support for UIDM carried on past her four years at Iowa and remained as she herself fought the same battle the children we serve do. With this memorial, Ashley will continue to make an impact on the lives of these children.
On behalf of the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, I want to thank the Kron family for their support. Our sympathy is with you during this time,” said Executive Director Alex Linden.

One thought on “Ashley Kron: Love and Legacy

  1. Ashley was truly a remarkable, courageous young lady. May the peace that comes from Ashley’s love comfort her family and friends.

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