Just a little over a year ago, I was issued a certain death sentence.

You have a fast-growing, inoperable, malignant brain tumor with no cure, brain surgeon Dr. Srinivasan told me following my brain biopsy. We’ll try to turn one month into one year. I’m sorry. You just drew the short straw.

Well, my year is up and I’m still here. And so I’m casting out an invitation that I didn’t believe I’d ever be able to send, and that is to ask you to join me in a walk tomorrow in support of brain cancer research at the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk.

So if you got nuttin’ going on tomorrow morning, I invite you to join Team Deirdre at Seattle Center around 8 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 20) and walk with us in support of brain cancer research. Online signups are closed, but you can sign up on site (just behind EMP). Look for the red balloons to find Team Deirdre. And if you don’t feel up to an early morning but you want to support the cause, just click on the link above and there is a place to donate.

Brain cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children (leukemia is first), it’s the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men 20-39 (second to leukemia), and the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the same age bracket. It’s kind of a bad-ass cancer to fight. BUT, scientific strides in treating it are also bad-ass and I truly believe this is an effort worth supporting. I’m living proof that science in this realm is making great strides.

OK. I’ll get off my soap box. But I would love to see any and all there marching against the monster!

Pictured above: Last year’s team logo was a projection what I was afraid I’d look like during treatment. Turns out, it wasn’t too far off!

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