Gabe Grunewald Refused to Let Cancer Have the Last Word

Runner's World | 6/13/2019 | Erin Strout
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Gonna need you guys to send me some extra #Brave vibes tonight as I am so, so very bummed that I won’t be able to make it to the @bravelikegabe 5k tomorrow — because I am in the hospital with an infection and need a procedure done bright & early in the AM. Literally the worst timing ever but I’m working with an all-star crew of friends, family, sponsors, and the ACCRF to make sure it’s a great race in St. Paul. . It’s not lost on me that maybe this is one of the most poignant ways to show just how critical research is. Cancer is nothing if not incredibly inconvenient and we need more options. I wish I didn’t have to show it in this way because there’s so many people I’d love to meet and catch up with tomorrow (including my grandma who I don’t see very often ❤️). . But I’m gonna be brave and fight these fevers and hopefully the procedure will help me out big time. 🙏 Prayers very much welcome. . Have a heck of a time out there and celebrate what you’ve helped support and accomplish through the research grant! So overwhelmed by the love and I can’t wait to hear the recap. ❤️ #bravelikegabe5k #bebrave #rarecancerresearch

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*** update read whole post *** It breaks my heart to say but overnight Gabriele’s status worsened with worsening liver function causing confusion. Wanting to do her no harm we have made the difficult decision to move her to comfort cares this afternoon. I wanted to let you all know while she is still alive so you can send her one last message here or on her wall or on her phone before she heads up to heaven. I wrote this to her a couple years ago below and wanted to share what she means to me. Dear Gabriele, First, thank you. Thank you so much for showing me what it's like to be and feel alive. It's easy to pass through life day to day and punch a time card wishing away the hours. Currently although I don't always show it, I cherish every second. Whether we are out running, binging on a new Netflix series, or just lying in bed being lazy. Nothing beats the feeling I get when I see your smiling face. I know life is scary and I know we have won the lottery of uncertainty, and it's not fair, but I still choose our life of uncertainly and at times fear, over any alternative option I could think of. I have so much fun with you and have learned more from having you as my best friend and wife than I learned in the rest of my life combined. I know you have been given the heaviest of tasks in life. The task of being brave despite feeling enormous amounts of fear. The task of smiling when your throat wells up with pain and eyes want to fill with tears, but I don't think you were chosen by random chance, and again I know that's not fair but you are so amazing at being you and that's why I feel bravelikegabe is so special. Because there isn't a word in the dictionary for what you do or who you are. Brave flails in comparison to what you are to me and to so many people out there facing the simplest and silliest of struggles in day to day life. At the end of the day people won't remember the PRs run or the teams qualified for but they will remember that hard period in their life where they were losing hope but they found inspiration in a young lady who refuses to give up. I love you ❤️ #bravelikegabe #runningonhope

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From a bed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis on May 4, Gabriele Grunewald posted a photo of herself on Instagram asking for some “brave vibes” as she fought an infection, which forced her to miss her own “Brave Like Gabe” 5K to raise money for rare cancer research.

“It’s not lost on me that maybe this is one of the most poignant ways to show just how critical research is,” she wrote. “Cancer is nothing if not incredibly inconvenient and we need more options.”

Weeks - Years - Carcinoma - ACC - Cancer—Grunewald

Just five weeks later—10 years after she was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), a rare cancer—Grunewald, 32, died on June 11, in Minneapolis.

She was one of the country’s most talented and beloved middle-distance track stars, an advocate for people around the world living with cancer, and a budding leader of her own nonprofit organization, Brave Like Gabe.

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“At the end of the day people won’t remember the PRs run or the teams qualified for,” Grunewald’s husband, Justin Grunewald, wrote on June 9 in a letter to his wife on Instagram, “but they will remember that hard period in their life where they were losing hope but they found inspiration in a young lady who refuses to give up.”

Grunewald persevered in the past several weeks despite increasing health complications, which grew in severity over the course of 2019. During a phone interview in early April, Grunewald, who was the 2014 national champion in the indoor 3,000 meters, still held hope that she could compete next summer at the 2020 Olympic Trials. It was a goal, she said, that kept her moving despite her ongoing health challenges.

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Grunewald and her husband, Justin, run near their home in Minneapolis in December 2018.

“I know it’s more likely that I won’t be racing at the Olympic Trials than it is likely,” she said....
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