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Marathon Runner Gabriele ‘Gabe’ Grunewald Dies at 32 After Decade-Long Battle with Cancer


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Professional distance runner Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald, who gained thousands of fans over the years by sharing her inspiring story, has died after a decade-long battle with cancer. She was 32.

Gabe’s husband Justin Grunewald confirmed the devastating news on Tuesday evening in an emotional post on Instagram that featured two photos of the couple running side-by-side.

“At 7:52 I said ‘I can’t wait until I get to see you again’ to my hero, my best friend, my inspiration, my wife,” Justin began the heartfelt note.

“@gigrunewald I always felt like the Robin to your Batman and I know I will never be able to fill this gaping hole in my heart or fill the shoes you have left behind,” he continued. “Your family loves you dearly as do your friends.”

Continuing his message, Justin thanked their friend and HGTV star Chip Gaines after he vowed to match any donations that were made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Gabe’s foundation, Brave Like Gabe, earlier in the day.

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At 7:52 I said “I can’t wait until I get to see you again” to my hero, my best friend, my inspiration, my wife. @gigrunewald I always felt like the Robin to your Batman and I know I will never be able to fill this gaping hole in my heart or fill the shoes you have left behind. Your family loves you dearly as do your friends. When @chipgaines made the final push in his #chipinchallenge I could feel your happiness building and could also see that this made you ready to head up to heaven. Chip thanks for helping her to go up so peacefully with no suffering. To everyone else from all ends of the earth, Gabriele heard your messages and was so deeply moved. She wants you to stay brave and keep all the hope in the world. Thanks for helping keep her brave in her time of need #keeprunningonhope #bravelikegabe @pixelcrave @kohjiro_kinno

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Chip and Gabe first crossed paths last year after the professional distance runner helped train him for his first marathon.

“When @chipgaines made the final push in his #chipinchallenge I could feel your happiness building and could also see that this made you ready to head up to heaven,” he wrote. “Chip thanks for helping her to go up so peacefully with no suffering.”

Added Justin: “To everyone else from all ends of the earth, Gabriele heard your messages and was so deeply moved. She wants you to stay brave and keep all the hope in the world. Thanks for helping keep her brave in her time of need ”

RELATED: Gabriele Grunewald’s Husband Shares Heartbreaking Letter to the Runner Before She ‘Heads to Heaven’

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