Perham Native Grunewald In Grave Condition

Perham Native Grunewald In Grave Condition Click to Enlarge

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Minnesota championship runner who has inspired many during her long, public fight against cancer is in grave condition.

Gabriele Grunewald's husband says she was moved to comfort care at a Minneapolis hospital Sunday. Justin Grunewald urged his wife's friends, fans and admirers to "send her one last message on her wall or on her phone before she heads up to heaven."

The 32-year-old long distance runner, a native of Perham, was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2009 while running for the University of Minnesota's track and cross-country teams. Following surgery and radiation therapy, she went on to finish second in the 1,500 meters at the 2010 NCAA championships, then ran professionally through 2017 despite more surgeries and treatments for cancer in her thyroid and liver. She was the 2014 U.S. indoor champion in the 3,000.

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