Brooks has released an emotional documentary about professional runner Gabriele Grunewald’s fourth battle with cancer. “GABE” follows Grunewald as she tries to qualify for USA Track and Field Championships while also figuring out the best course of treatment for her disease.
In fall of 2016, Grunewald underwent surgery to remove a large tumor from her liver. This was her third time fighting Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a rare form of cancer. Although the surgery went well, Grunewald was unfortunately not cancer-free for long. A post-op scan this past March revealed many small tumors had once again formed on the liver.
Despite her diagnosis, Grunewald made the decision to keep chasing her dreams. The short film features interviews with Grunewald’s husband, coach, friend and competitors. Each one highlights the relentless enthusiasm she has for life and the positivity she brings to running.
“Sometimes I think we’re too quick to give up on the things that we love and the things that make us feel alive when something is going wrong in our lives,” says Grunewald in the film. “But I just really feel strongly that we have to hold on to them.”
Here’s how to donate to Grunewald’s medical fund.