Friends of Faith Shaw shared stories, shed tears and sang songs at a prayer vigil held Friday evening at Hickory Ridge High School in remembrance of the popular 18-year-old, who passed away on Tuesday, November 12, from complications of cystic fibrosis.
More than 200 people, including many wearing purple to honor their friend who fought the disease her entire life and underwent a double-lung transplant in January, attended the service. They gathered next to the boulder near the school’s entrance that now features a pair of painted golden wings and a halo, along with the words: “Fly High Faith.”
“She fought for her whole life; she fought to breathe,” said West Concord Baptist Church Youth Minister Aaron Thomas, a friend of Faith’s and her youth minister, while addressing the crowd. “Her whole life was a struggle, but Faith had hope.”
Several of Faith’s friends shared their personal memories and recalled her strong love of family, dance and good food. They also praised her strength, resilience and unwavering faith in God.
“In a few short years Faith gave me and others a lifetime of love,” said one friend.
The family will announce services for Faith on their Lungs4Faith Facebook page.