FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio - Cancer patient Tracy Edinger had been married once before, but as her health problems mounted her now ex-husband bailed on her. Anyone who has a discussion for more than ten seconds with the effervescent Fairport Harbor resident can truly say giving up on her wasn't due to even an ounce of negative energy. She just makes those around her smile.
"I didn't realize that until just recently. I have a lot of people telling me that I'm constantly smiling and stuff that I never realized. That's just me. That's just who I am," said Edinger.
Holding the hands of two dear friends, Marcie Gau and Jamie Bailey, on her couch Thursday, friends she met at one of her many doctor's offices over a 13-year span, Edinger shared her appreciation for their constant support. Her soon-to-be husband, Andy Basiger, has been by her side through thick and thin for several years.
A February wedding is what Tracy's dreams are filled with these days, her doctors telling her she has just a few more months to live. What started out as a rare blood-clotting disease 13 years ago has now developed into non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. For Edinger, she says her time is now about quality rather than quantity.
"My dream is really a dream that's his too. It's for us to be able to get married and to be able to share it with special people that we care about," said Edinger.
That wedding dream and wish will be realized after Gau and Bailey recently found friends, family, businesses and a local memorial foundation to make it happen. The GLG Memorial Fund of Mentor notified Edinger that they would gladly take on her wish for a wedding. Seeking help with a wedding dress and all the necessary accessories, GLG was ready to pay for it all at Expressions Bridal & Formal on Mentor Avenue.
GLG is a registered 501-3-c non-profit based in Mentor OH - GLG was founded in 2009 by hosting a golf outing - we do this in memory of three individuals - Clyde Grinstead, Marylin LaGanke and Dick Gentzendfiner -- these three people lost their fight with cancer and in their name - GLG raises consistently approximately $15,000 per year which is donated to local families fighting cancer and/or research.
GLG information is available at the following outlets:
Facebook page is
Twitter is @GLGMemorial
and website is
When the owners, managers and almost every employee at Expressions Bridal heard about the plan, they all pitched in with their own money so that none of the cost had to be picked up. The day Tracy tried on her dress, store manager Melisa Heming said there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
There may be even fewer dry eyes for Edinger and Basiger's Feb. 15 wedding.
To help go to http://www.gofundme.com/63j59c
To visit GLG Memorial Foundation's Facebook page go to: https://www.facebook.com/glgmemorial