Gabriele has been inspiring us all with her grit, determination, grace and resolve as she has continued to train, race, and share her story through her fourth bout with cancer in eight years. Most recently, she competed in her eighth USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the midst of chemotherapy, the crowd rising in standing ovation as she crossed the finish line and her fellow competitors surrounded her in a hug of solidarity. As Gabriele (fondly known as Gabe) announced on July 12, her cancer has not responded to chemo. She and her husband, Justin, are turning to specialists at Sloan Kettering Memorial hospital in New York City to figure out a next course of action that includes emerging therapies beyond the standard treatments she has tried thus far. Over the coming months, there will be frequent trips to NYC from their home in Minneapolis, medical expenses, and many unknowns. As friends, family, fans, admirers, and supporters of Gabe and Justin (#TeamGabe!), we do not want them taking on these expenses alone. Let’s all come together to support Team Gabe and make sure she has the means to pursue the best treatment options available. Consider making a donation and/or using the hashtag #BraveLikeGabe to show Gabe how she has inspired you to be brave in your own life. Any funds not used for treatment will go towards Gabe’s dream of starting the “Cure Cancer Run Club,” a foundation dedicated to supporting cancer causes through organized running events. We love you, Gabe! #TeamGabe #BraveLikeGabe
You can read more about her story here:
Watch the trailer to a documentary chronicling her story, The Gabe Grunewald Story
An Update from Sloan Kettering in NYC July 20, 2017
from Gabe via Instagram, at https://www.instagram.com/p/BWxxTfvjWxo/
Hi from NYC! It's been a busy and productive first 1.5 days here @sloankettering. I just finished a head/neck CT and next up I will be undergoing another liver biopsy, this time to help track changes to my tumors through the #immunotherapy I will be starting on Monday. It's kind of exciting and interesting to note that this isn't a "regular" liver biopsy today. @sloankettering, as a leading cancer center, is always innovating and looking for new ways to treat and understand their patients' unique disease. So today, since I have low-body fat and easy access to the liver, as well as the location of my tumors, they'll be pulling way more tissue samples than usual -- because they can! And ultimately because they can use that extra tissue to learn more about my disease and hopefully lead to an effective, maybe even personalized, treatment. Can't begin to express how emotionally overwhelmed I feel, mainly grateful, that places like @sloankettering exist and doctors like mine do their work. I have a rare cancer and standard procedure just won't cut it for me, unfortunately. I wouldn't be able to seek new treatments and work with an expert if I didn't have the support from my husband, family, and friends -- not to mention the incredible running community supporting the #BraveLikeGabe fund! Humbled beyond belief. I sincerely hope to use just a fraction of the money raised so far, the rest will be put toward paying it forward -- spreading my message of life and hope and positivity, while funding cancer research through running events and partnering with such events. I just need to get settled back into summer a bit, and my new nonprofit mission will fully come to life. Thank you all.