Gabe Grunewald Nearly Died on Saturday: “It Can Only Be Explained As Divine Intervention Or Miracle”
June 3, 2019
Gabe Grunewald has always been a fighter. She fought in 2009 when she was first diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), a rare form of cancer found primarily in the salivary glands, while at the University of Minnesota, coming back to finish second in the NCAA 1500-meter final a year later. She fought again when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer later in 2010, embarking on a professional career that carried her to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 Olympic Trials and a U.S. indoor title at 3,000 meters in 2014. Most publicly, she fought in 2017, when her ACC recurred and she raced through chemotherapy treatment to qualify for and compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships.
Grunewald is still battling cancer, and she showed that fighting spirit one more time over the weekend, channeling her inner Arya Stark in the process. On Saturday, Grunwald’s labs came back with such poor numbers that her husband Justin, who is also a doctor, made the difficult decision that it was time to say goodbye to his wife and tell her that she was dying.
What happened next was remarkable. Justin can tell the story far better than we can — read the full post below for details.
Like thousands of other runners, we at LetsRun.com continue to be amazed by Gabe’s toughness, courage, and fighting spirit. She is, quite simply, one of the most inspiring individuals we have ever encountered. Gabe, Justin, and their families remain in our thoughts and the thoughts of LetsRun nation. We are all rooting for you!
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