Why I'm Going Over the Edge for Brain Cancer

May 14, 2016

Check out featured Edger Deborah Fingerlow and her story on why she wants to go Over the Edge for Brain Cancer - DC. We’d love to feature you as well. Email picture and your story to overtheedge@abc2.org!

I'm so thrilled to be going over the edge for Over the Edge for Brain Cancer – DC and ABC2!  My mother passed away from brain cancer a few years ago.  It came on so suddenly, and progressed so quickly (four months from diagnosis until she died) that it's taken me this long to get over being angry and feeling helpless.  It was the first time I was confronted with something that didn't budge, no matter how many doctors I called, no matter the fact we had the newest, brightest facility, no matter the fact I was certain she'd beat it.

Eventually, you move to the next stage.  You can say their name.  You can bring forth memories to share.  You can laugh at things she said.  And now I'm here.  What can we do next?  I used to think brain cancer was a rare diagnosis, but I've found that it isn't.  I hear about people who are dealing with this cancer on a regular basis.  And I want to help.

I'm a great one for causes, run a 5K for this, do a 10K for that, try a trail run for yet another cause.  I didn't want another run.  When I turned 50 two years ago, I chose enough events to run 50K for my 50th year.  Last year, at 51, I traveled across the country driving my two kids and two therapy beagles in a truck to "see what we could see."  We hiked the Gila cliff dwellings in New Mexico, dipped our fingers in hot springs in Arkansas, wrapped our arms around California redwoods and went in the Pacific Ocean.  Since my mother passed away, I've vowed not to wait for someday.  For anything.

And last month I turned 52.  And this morning I found Over the Edge for Brain Cancer - DC and decided to do it.  I will raise money for a cause that's near and dear to me, and I'll do what my mother would have wanted. 

I will go and live large, trying things I never envisioned, but can't wait to try.

She would have liked that.