Celebrity Inside Terminally Ill Brittany Maynard's Decision to Die The 29-year-old, who is dying of brain cancer, plans to end her own life on Nov. 1 By Nicole Weisensee Egan Updated on May 9, 2017 11:05 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Brittany Maynard has ice-climbed in Ecuador, kayaked in Patagonia and climbed to the summit of Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro. Last week she and her family took on Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, though through less strenuous means. “We had a beautiful day of driving what’s called the Fruit Loop out here, says Maynard, 29. Next up? “She really wants to see the Grand Canyon,” says her mother, Debbie Ziegler. “So we’re going to try.” The Grand Canyon should have been one of dozens more adventures. Instead, a heartbroken Ziegler calls that hoped-for trip her daughter’s “last hurrah.” Because on Nov. 1, if all goes as planned, Maynard, surrounded by her husband, Dan Diaz, Ziegler, her stepfather, Gary Holmes, and her best friend, will pull apart 100 capsules of the sedative secobarbital, dissolve them in water, drink it – and slip into a final, irreversible sleep.