Gabriele "Gabe" Grunewald is at home, listening to music, messages and stories from people all around the world, according to her husband, Justin, who has been providing public updates to his wife's condition as she rests at home in comfort care.
Grunewald, a Perham native whose star-studded career at the University of Minnesota led to a life as a professional runner, has been battling bouts of cancer since 2009.
Her husband said Sunday that her battle is nearing an end due to worsening liver function. She's since been resting at home.
"She’s still comfy on the couch sleeping, listening to stories and messages from friends and strangers around the world," Justin said in an update Tuesday morning.
Grunewald, who nearly qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, has received an outpouring of love and support from admirers, competitors and people she's inspired during her decade-long battle with cancer.
"So much love and peace your way. God is looking over you. We are all praying for you," said former Duluth East High School and two-time olympian Kara Goucher, commenting on an Instagram post from Justin Grunewald.
Fellow olympian and Minnesota native (Dawson in western Minnesota), Carrie Tollefson wrote: "I ran with tears and with joy today for you. Looking up in the sky knowing you will be there soon. I am so sad to see you go but so thankful you let me in to your beautiful life."
Paula Radcliffe, the world record-holder for fastest women's marathon, tweeted: The bravery, heart and smile of @gg_runs (Grunewald's Twitter account) will always shine brightly and inspire so many. Thinking of you and of @JustinGrunewald and all those whose lives were enriched by your courage and love."
The notes of love and support are seemingly endless, and for good reason.
Grunewald has been a voice of courage and bravery since he battles against cancer began in 2009. When her body allowed, she ran and trained in an effort to not only boost her own well-being, but to serve as an inspiration to anyone fighting a health battle.
She established the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, which continues to empower cancer survivors and support rare cancer research.