Latest update is heartbreaking. Cancer sucks.
If you read this, know there is someone, somewhere far away, praying for you and Gabe.
I am a cold hearted jerk but this makes me almost tear up. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Incredibly sad day for the running community. She fought and never gave up and showed courage and bravery just like she did on the track. She will be missed greatly.
Cannot even begin to fathom being in this situation. Thoughts and prayers are with them. Very sad day.
Such a fighter. Thinking about Gabe and her family.
Tough deal. Best to the family.
Utterly heart-breakingly admirable the way she has dealt with this from the beginning until now.
She has touched so many people far outside the serious running world - people like me. Praying for peace for her and her family. This is just so sad.
She has lived a life that has inspired many.
She is a model for all of us, may we be half the person she is. It's a better world for her having been in it.
From A.E. Housman, "To An Athlete Dying Young" with a few changes...
The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.
Today, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.
Smart girl, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.
Now you will not swell the rout
Of others that wore their honors out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.
So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.
And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.
Gabe and Justin's Love will transcend these challenging times.
No runner on this planet embodies hope and positivity when faced with insurmountable odds more than Gabe. I'm so grateful for her inspiration, and neither life nor death can take that away from her. Much love to her family.
Cancer sucks. My mom died of a rare form of cancer six years ago, so I can appreciate the emotional roller coaster that people go through in a battle like this. I am continually amazed at the strength and will power of people who fight hard in the face of poor odds. I am in awe of Gabe's fight and the strength and character she has displayed through her fight. The other night I did a number of miles in the Relay for Life with my twin daughters in memory of my mother and in support of a young 7 year old cancer survivor in our town who has bravely fought a rare form of cancer since her first birthday. While we were doing laps, we discussed Gabe and how she ran in the US Championships in 2017 after having a large section of her liver removed in 2016 (I cannot imagine how hard that must have been, having witnessed the rapid decline in my mother's health after she had surgery on her cancer). I hope that Gabe, Justin, and all of their friends and family find peace and can celebrate her amazing life.
Saddened to see this after a long weekend of work. I enjoyed reading about Gabe, watching her race and was truly inspired by her determination in the face of such a challenging disease. My thoughts are with her family.
I would hope that those posting can remain respectful and not hijack the post to speak against the medical profession her husband is a member of or spout off about unfounded natural remedies.
I don't even feel worthy to know who she is. What a human being. So terribly sad!
This is sad. All the best to the family.