After 10 years of her first diagnosis of cancer in 2009, on Tuesday, June 11, the athlete Gabriele died Gabe Grunewald, North American mediofondista who fought on four occasions against the disease without leaving his sport more than for the recovery that the treatments demanded him.
Cystic adenoid carcinoma, thyroid cancer, the metastatic recurrence of the adenoid carcinoma that he suffered before, and tumors in the liver were the four cancers that Gabe challenged in his career for life, which has been an inspiration for thousands of runners and athletes who followed his story until his departure.
Grunewald had important achievements in his sporting career as he finished second in the NCAA athletics championships in 2010; he obtained a sponsorship with Brooks, becoming a professional in October of that same year, and after his thyroid cancer surgery got between 2012 and 2015 personal marks in lengths of 800 to five thousand meters; It was also ranked as the twelfth best of all times in the 1,500 meter test in 2013.
In the Olympic Trials of 2012 he placed in the fourth place in that same event and lost the opportunity to go to the Olympic Games in London. Subsequently, in 2014 he won the national title of three thousand meters on indoor track and represented the United States in the Sopot World Championship, where he finished in ninth position.
In 2016 he returned to the Olympic Trials, qualifying in the 1,500 and 3,000 meter races; but in the final test he felt bad: it was the prelude to the recurrence of his cystic adenoid carcinoma.
After his treatment for this reason, he returned to the tracks now with a large scar on his abdomen. In March of 2017 he learned of the presence of several tumors in his liver. After undergoing chemotherapy, her strength diminished and she concluded the tests more and more behind but her fans continued to support her.
Gabe established the Brave Like Gabe Foundation in 2018 to support rare cancer research through physical activity, that year he collected significant amounts of money through various careers organized throughout the United States and actively communicated with his followers , mainly through Instagram.
Finally, 2019 started in a difficult way for her health and before participating in one more race she was hospitalized the first days of June because of an infection; After suffering a septic shock, Gabriele Grunewald could not overcome this new attack and ceased to exist at age 32, leaving a great legacy of strength and courage to hundreds of thousands of athletes and people with cancer in the world.