HARRISBURG Faith Mackenzie Shaw, 18, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Chapel Hill, due to complications from cystic fibrosis and a double-lung transplant. Faith is survived by her mother, Susan Shaw; sisters, Kelsey Biggers (Jarrett) and Jennifer Wilson (James); nephew, Gabriel Biggers and niece, Kyla Biggers; grandparents, Donald and Shirley Tobin and Michael and Ann Brooks; uncles, David Brooks (Tateyana) and Timothy Brooks (Fiona); cousins, Michael Brooks, Charlotte Brooks and Hannah Brooks; along with many other family and friends that she deeply loved. Faith was born May 15, 2001, in Concord, to mother, Susan Shaw. Faith was a senior at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg and was preparing for graduation with the Class of 2020. She was very active in her church, West Concord Baptist, and had a deep-rooted faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The trust in her faith as she faced the daily struggles of cystic fibrosis head on, was inspiring to all who had the pleasure to know her or follow her story. Faith embodied strength, perseverance, determination, grace and passion for living life to the fullest. She never let cystic fibrosis define her, and chose to live life on her terms, to the best of her ability in spite of the many challenges her illness threw at her. She taught those around her what it was to truly live, to truly love and to find victory in whatever fight life requires of you. She had many passions, particularly in dance, art, and photography. Faith danced competitively for six years, performing group, duo, and solo performances at local, national, and world competitions. She danced with an unmatched determination, pursuing it even when her disease made it difficult and required her to recover with oxygen after rehearsals and performances. One year, she even performed a solo complete with her oxygen tank, to a song titled "Breathe" in order to tell her story with cystic fibrosis through a medium for which she found so much joy. Faith also had a deep love for her family and friends. Even as a child, she had a natural way of drawing people to her, and her family would say that she walked the red carpet wherever she went. This tendency continued all through her life, and she developed many close relationships through school, church, and family who loved and supported her on the journey of her fight for life. A service to celebrate Faith's life is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at West Concord Baptist Church with a reception to follow at the same location. The Rev. Aaron Thomas will officiate. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and celebrate her life together as a community. The family would like to thank the many family, friends and prayer warriors near and far for their continuous prayers and encouragement throughout Faith's journey with cystic fibrosis and her fight to live life large. They would also like to thank the donor who provided Faith with new lungs Jan. 14, without which they would not have been blessed with these past 10 months of Faith's life, joys and experiences. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Faith's name; or towards the Shaw family's expenses via the Lungs4Faith GoFundMe campaign or mailed directly to West Concord Baptist Church, 225 Warren C. Coleman Blvd., Concord, NC 28027, or at www.gofundme.com/lungs4faith. Condolences may be left at www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com. Wilkinson Funeral Home is handling arrangements for the Shaw family.
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