Editor's note: The following is an obituary published by White Funeral Home.
Allison D. Shaw, 16, of Lakeville passed away Oct. 2, 2012 at home with love and support from her family and friends and the attentive care of Dr. Tim Anderson.
Allison loved life and spread her joy and passion to all with her warm communication skills and vibrant smile. Her calm demeanor belied her fierce will and ability to overcome the harshest of medical issues.
She was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and had a heart transplant at the age of three months. She survived a stroke and finally came home eighteen months after birth with a six months life expectancy. That was in 1996.
Allison loved school and adored her classmates. Allison enjoyed playing all adaptive sports, Miracle League baseball, and recently flew out to California and met her favorite group Big Time Rush. Allison loved fire trucks and was extremely proud of being an honorary member of the Lakeville Fire Department.
Our special needs angel taught us how to live. The privilege was ours. Allison is eternally loved and will be forever missed.
Allison is survived by her mom, Valerie; father, Tim; brother, Zachary and twin sister Alexandra. She is also survived by her loving grandparents and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The Funeral service will be held, 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 8250 202nd St. W., Lakeville, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville and one hour prior to service at church.
In lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to the Miracle League of Lakeville and the Make-A-Wish foundation of Minnesota.