A couple of days ago, I received a really touching email from a subscriber with a great question: Why wasn’t the passing of Gabe Grunewald topic number one in this Wednesday’s newsletter? She’s exactly right, and added this: “Just a thought from a reader, runner, and three-time cancer survivor who was profoundly touched by Gabe’s grace and courage and generosity, up until the final days of her life.”
You can read profiles of the amazing life she led — and the way she inspired so many runners around the world — here and here.
One of the things that I found so incredible about Gabe was that she (and her husband Justin) invited us all into their world over the past few years via their social media, to show us a part of the human experience that none of us get to see unless we experience it ourselves. And as the subscriber who emailed me wrote, her public life as she battled cancer was “a call to each of us to carry her mission forward – in our running, in our mindful living, and in whatever charitable causes we choose to support.”
I’d love to hear your thoughts too! Feel free to share them below. — Terrell
Thanks for sharing this. I am a cancer survivor and running helped me get through. I imagined chemo like a half marathon -- ticking off the miles (chemo sessions) to get to the finish line. My identity as a runner helped me fight and being able to run after my treatment was over was a gift. Gabe's life was an inspiration she showed the world how to be a person with cancer -- not a victim of cancer. What really touches me is how she talks about the fear and uncertainty. That is what continues after the treatment is over. I will hold her and her family in my heart as I run on.
I'm sure she's running with the angels.
This hurts my soul to the core. This woman was an incredible inspiring, beautiful gifted athlete. Thank you for honoring her.
Thank you for sharing the links that told the courageous life of this young woman. I am not a runner, but a walker/hiker and was very moved by her story—she was and is an inspiration to so many.
What guts this woman showed us despite the cancer. Gabe’s tenacity will forever shine on the running community. Thank you for honoring her!
She was inspiring, strong in the face of this deadly disease, she was strong and brave , hero among us
Amazing athlete. Thank you for sharing.
Great reading. Tks for sharing. A call to move forward.
Definitely an inspiration to all.. life is fragile. Beautiful and scary all at the same time. People suffering from Cancer of all types are just so strong. To know you have cancer and still strive to for the top is truly amazing and heroic. Heroic because you’ve inspired all us to get out there and not let an illness stop you from doing what you love.. Thank you Gabe for being a selfless and inspiring human.
We are a spoiled people. There’s 24 hour news feed, e-mail, and social media. We have most everything what we need, and want . Saying that, if it doesn’t affect us personally, we most likely will ignore it. I don’t think we mean to, but with everything thrown at us within 24 hours, it does happen.
This was impacting as I started my passion for running in the face of fear of dying . I started running during cancer ( Hodgkins Lymphoma) . The day after treatments I’d feel so weak and frail , I’d pull myself together out of bed and put on my running shoes Before I could talk myself out of it I’d run out the door , the entire run say “ THIS WILL NOT BEAT ME”! The determination to run helped me stay mentally strong . Perhaps as thou A moment of victory in the face of uncertainty. It also helped me to see every treatment as the next mile and to keep my eyes on the finish line even in the midst of twists and turns along the journey . Since then I’ve gone on to run many full marathons and numerous half’s . During one of the first half marathons while running by a cemetery on the course , I looked over at it & and caught a thought from within “ wow you’re going from cancer to collecting medals . God is So Good ! I am so grateful for the gift to Run and hope to inspire others to press on & Run their race .