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On Tuesday, the running world lost a good one. Gabriele Grunewald, a track champion, died of complications from cancer. She was 32.
Her cancer wasn’t a surprise. She was given a diagnosis of adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare metastatic cancer, in 2009, while a senior in college. At first, she kept her condition and treatments she underwent while competing as a professional runner private, but then opened up about what she was going through.
“I’m a young adult with cancer,” Grunewald told The New York Times in 2017. “I don’t always love talking about it. It’s not a made-for-TV movie. It’s real. It’s scary.”