Thank You Marcie Bradley For Being My Friend

 

Lisa Niver Marcie Bradley at Northstar
Lisa Niver and Marcie Bradley at Northstar California Resort to go Mountain Biking! May 2017

I met Marcie Bradley in Los Angeles and she and Coop convinced me to come to the Tahoe area for the Expedition Kirkwood Women’s Ski Clinic. I was worried that I was not a good enough skier for the mountain or the clinic. It turns out I was more than good enough and additionally had the bucket list experience of being snowed in at Kirkwood before I went to ski with Marcie at Northstar California Resort.

Lisa Niver Marcie Bradley at Northstar for TOST
Lisa Niver and Marcie Bradley sipping champagne at TOST Northstar California Resort. March 2017

While sipping champagne on the mountain at TOST, Marcie invited me back to go to Pumps on Pedals, the women’s mountain biking clinic in summer. I said, “Maybe I will come. BUT I cannot do a bike clinic. I am afraid of biking. If you get me a private lesson with a teacher who does not mind crying, maybe I will do it.” Marcie immediately said, “I have never done it either. I will do it with you.” I said, “I am scared.” She said, “We can do it together.” And we did.

It was by far the scariest thing I did in my 50 things before 50 project but also the one I am the most proud of. And YES for me, it was scarier than jumping out of a perfectly well-maintained plane. I know that if she had not been willing to do it with me, I would never have done it.

Lisa Niver and Marcie Bradley Mountain Biking at Northstar
Lisa Niver and Marcie Bradley Mountain Biking at Northstar Specialized Bikes. (Marcie has the purple shirt and Lisa has the green one!)

I loved working with Marcie. She and I had so many great conversations about other projects and trips and ideas. I will miss her. I am grateful for the times we spent together and for having a friend like her.

Want to make a donation in honor of Marcie Bradley? Here is the GoFundMe:

Marcie was a light that shined bright on all that knew her, especially her 7-year-old daughter Ellery, and husband Devin.  She was a mom, wife,  daughter, sister – and friend to so many.  Her kind heart, listening ear, helping hand and generosity of spirit were known to all.

As many of you know, she lost her 10-month fight with Gioblastoma (brain cancer) this past week, way too young at the age of 41. Besides leaving behind a beautiful legacy and many wonderful memories, her sweet family is left with many medical expenses that accumulated over her 10 months of care, and dealing with the additional financial impact of her being unable to work during this period.

Many of you – friends, colleagues and more – have asked how you can honor Marcie’s memory, and help her family. We have set up this Go Fund Me to ease her family’s financial burden while mourning their wife and mother. Any remaining funds will be set aside for her daughter Ellery’s future.

Thank you for caring about Marcie and her family, and for any generosity. We invite you to share memories and stories about Marcie here as well. Click here for more about the GoFundMe Project.

The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend.  He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars..the house…the cash.  What matters is how we lived and loved and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change?  For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.
To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile…remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?
by Linda Ellis
Marcie Bradley ready to bike at Specialized Bikes Northstar California Resort
Marcie is ready to BIKE!

Marcie lived her dash so well. I am honored that I was able to spend time with her on the slopes with skis and bicycles. I will miss her and I appreciate her grace, courage and friendship.

Marcie Hatch Bradley

“December 3, 1976 ~ September 29, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we share Marcie Hatch Bradley peacefully passed away at sunrise on September 29, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Her brave and courageous battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer came to an unfortunate end at which time she was lovingly cared for by family, friends and the amazing Renown staff.

Marcie was born on December 3, 1976 in North Andover, Massachusetts. She loved growing up in her small-town community and spent her summers with her brother, Marc and cousins in Castine,Maine. She graduated from North Andover High in 1995 and the University of Maryland in 1999 with a BA in Journalism. She loved all things “New England” especially the Red Sox and steamers.

After college she ventured out west and lived in Los Angeles and then San Francisco for 7 years until she met the love of her life, Devin traveling in Bali. Together they made Truckee their home, got married on a mountain top and had their sweet daughter, Ellery. Marcie was a cherished member of the Glenshire community and has been an integral part of the Truckee community for the last 10 years through her service and contributions at NorthStar California, EpicPromise, Girls on the Run and FWDD Coalition.

Marcie also had a successful 19 year Public Relations career with management roles at Sun Microsystems, Oracle and most recently Vail Resorts.

Marcie will always be remembered for her big heart, fierce yet unassuming determination, infectious smile and welcoming nature that touched everyone she met. She was an extremely generous and thoughtful friend, sister, wife, daughter and most importantly, mother. She put her whole heart into being a fun, loving and present mother to her daughter. She approached life with integrity, honesty and a sense of humor even when faced with huge life challenges. She paid attention to the smallest details and made people feel special. Marcie, Devin and Ellery enjoyed life to the fullest and took advantage of their time together through camping, hiking and travel adventures.

Marcie is survived by her husband, Devin Bradley, daughter, Ellery Bradley, father, Steve Hatch, mother Monique Hatch and brother, Marc Hatch.

We love Marcie and she will never be forgotten.”

Skiing at Northstar California Resort with Marcie Bradley
Skiing at Northstar California Resort with Marcie Bradley

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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