Hi, everyone. I’m sure you have heard by now, but Gabe Grunewald passed away tonight.
Some of the women who have blogged with us knew Gabe, or lived in her community. Some of us have followed her career and cheered her on and celebrated her victories. Some just learned about her recently. Many feel her story very personally, and some have even raced proudly wearing #bravelikegabe for everyone to see. All of us join the greater running community in mourning a great loss. We are so sorry Gabe is gone, and our hearts go out to her family, friends and fans.
For the seventh time or so, I just re-read Gabe’s words from the interview Katelyn/Turmeric did here with her in early 2017, just before she launched her foundation. What a great lady. When most people would retreat, Gabe asked, “Why not me?” She went on to a National Championship and many other successes as a professional runner. Then she asked more of herself and created a foundation to raise research funds to help fight her disease on the behalf of herself and others. She asked more of us, too, challenging us to fight alongside her by using our powers of social media for good and raising a chorus of voices shouting #bravelikegabe.
Let’s all be brave, like Gabe was, and work hard at the things that are important to us and pursue our passions relentlessly.