Community mourns Tracey-Lee
TRIBUTES are flowing thick and fast for the beautiful, dynamic Grafton woman who always had a smile for everyone.
Tracey-Lee Schuhmacher died on Sunday afternoon after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis.
The 23-year-old was given a second chance at life last month when she received a double lung transplant, but tragically her body rejected the lungs and she was placed in an induced coma just over a week ago.
She died peacefully in her sleep at 6.45pm on Sunday.
Tracey-Lee's aunty June Colgrave said hospital staff tried everything they could to give her the best possible outcome, and had supported Tracey and her family and friends through a very difficult month.
Mrs Colgrave said she would always remember her niece as a very bright, bubbly young lady with an amazing inner strength that shone through.
"She always had a smile for everybody, and no matter what she faced she didn't allow it to get her down," she said.
"She was very little but very dynamic and very resilient. After being so ill for so long she ever lost that smile. She'd say 'I'm here and I'm okay' and no matter what faced her she bounced back.
"She just touched so many people's lives and she loved people."
Tracey-Lee's funeral will be held at Grafton's Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, February 10 at 11am.
A tribute to Tracey-Lee will be published in Tuesday's The Daily Examiner.