A sea of purple and yellow poured out of the Christ Church Cathedral, to farewell Tracey-Lee Schuhmacher. Photo Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner
A sea of purple and yellow poured out of the Christ Church Cathedral, to farewell Tracey-Lee Schuhmacher. Photo Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner Georja Ryan

EDITORIAL: Farewell, Tracey-Lee

AS FRANK Barrett took the floor to read the eulogy, he struggled to get words out as he remembered his dear friend, the cheeky little dynamite, Tracey-Lee Schuhmacher.

That was enough to open the floodgates.

Family, friends and footballers stood side by side, in what was a heart-wrenching farewell to the Grafton girl who fought cystic fibrosis for 23 years.

I only met Tracey-Lee a handful of times, and had the pleasure of writing stories about the brave fighter in the lead up to her transplant, but from the first day she and her father came into The DEX office, I knew she was one strong little lady.

Being the same age and hearing her story for the first time really put things into perspective.

She had a spirit that oozed with courage and bravery and I could instantly tell this girl wasn't going down without a fight. And she didn't.

Today, Grafton farewelled a special girl, and one whose legacy will remain for decades to come.

Rest in peace, Grafton's Little Ray of Sunshine.

It's your time to breathe easy. 


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