In the Running World and Beyond, Being #BraveLikeGabe

By | June 15, 2019

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On Tuesday, the running world lost a good one. Gabriele Grunewald, a track champion, died of complications from cancer. She was 32.

Her cancer wasn’t a surprise. She was given a diagnosis of adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare metastatic cancer, in 2009, while a senior in college. At first, she kept her condition and treatments she underwent while competing as a professional runner private, but then opened up about what she was going through.

“I’m a young adult with cancer,” Grunewald told The New York Times in 2017. “I don’t always love talking about it. It’s not a made-for-TV movie. It’s real. It’s scary.”

She started the Brave Like Gabe foundation to raise awareness for rare cancers and how little research is directed toward these diseases. It’s why everyone from USA Track & Field to the HGTV star Chip Gaines was tweeting with #bravelikegabe this week.

You can read her obituary here. Michael Powell, who wrote about Grunewald in 2017, also wrote a remembrance. I also recommend this Runner’s World piece, which was researched and written in the last year, but just posted this week.

Are you doing something this weekend to be #bravelikegabe? Let me know — I’m on Twitter @byjenamiller.

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