United States runner Gabriele Grunewald dies due to cancer at age 32. Her husband Justin Grunewald broke the devastating news.
Battling cancer for years, Gabriele Grunewald, a long distance runner, received tremendous support throughout her fight.
The athlete struggled as her illness would return throughout her life. She inspired many people. In addition, her motto, “Brave Like Gabe” became the name of the cancer research foundation she started. “My scars represent survival,” she wrote on a Facebook post on January 9th.
She said, “I have a love/hate relationship with my scars from my battles with cancer over the years. I love that they’ve often given me back my health or improved my prognosis, but I hate that they have to be there in the first place. ”
On her first operation for a tumor on her neck she wrote, “After my first neck cancer surgery in 2009, I cringed at my reflection in the mirror. “Ugh,” I thought. “I am never going to look the same again.” The surgery damaged my facial nerve and left me with a permanently quirky smile.”
She shared her struggles on her social media. “The radiation that followed left a small, permanent bald spot on the back of my head. 1.5 years later I got my second surgical scar from a thyroid cancer diagnosis.” She added, “I was not ready to be a two-time cancer survivor at age 24, but I figured it out the best I could and got back to living life and chasing my running dreams on the track.”
Grunewald told The Times: “I was hoping it would not come until I was 40. I wanted to get a little more of life in first.”
Her husband took to Instagram to break the heartbreaking news. He shared pictures of him running with his late wife and wrote an emotional note in the caption. “At 7:52 I said “I can’t wait until I get to see you again” to my hero, my best friend, my inspiration, my wife.”
He continued, “@gigrunewald I always felt like the Robin to your Batman and I know I will never be able to fill this gaping hole in my heart or fill the shoes you have left behind.” He ended the note by thanking Chip Gaines, who started the #chipinchallenge and those who supported her.
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At 7:52 I said “I can’t wait until I get to see you again” to my hero, my best friend, my inspiration, my wife. @gigrunewald I always felt like the Robin to your Batman and I know I will never be able to fill this gaping hole in my heart or fill the shoes you have left behind. Your family loves you dearly as do your friends. When @chipgaines made the final push in his #chipinchallenge I could feel your happiness building and could also see that this made you ready to head up to heaven. Chip thanks for helping her to go up so peacefully with no suffering. To everyone else from all ends of the earth, Gabriele heard your messages and was so deeply moved. She wants you to stay brave and keep all the hope in the world. Thanks for helping keep her brave in her time of need 😪🙏🏻 #keeprunningonhope #bravelikegabe 📸 @pixelcrave 📷 @kohjiro_kinno
Our thoughts are with Gabriele’s family.
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