This is Gabriele Grunewald. She is in Sports Illustrated this week. She is fighting her third battle with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, and this is her fourth battle with cancer. It is bittersweet to share this article about her. Bitter in that I wish no one else had to deal with cancer at all, especially not four times. It is sweet in that Gabriele's platform as a runner for Brooks is raising awareness for the rare cancer we have in common, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.
This is her story. I am not sharing this thinking I will have a reoccurrence too, only God knows that truth. Whether I have one or not, I strongly believe part of my purpose now is to raise awareness, and funds, to help others like Gabriele, who do have reoccurrences with ACC.
We need more research on this rare cancer.
I am grateful that there are ACC researchers right in Boston who took my tumor post-op in March to use in their research. I pray everyday that more and more strides are made in understanding this cancer and finding ways to fight it so that we won't have to think about reoccurrences. Yet in order for that to happen, we need to raise more money to fund the research.
As this article states, "Nobody is running 5Ks or giving out ribbons for adenoid cystic carcinoma." Hopefully that will change at some point but until then I am writing to request that you consider donating to Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation, ACCRF. I had lunch with the founder, Marnie, while I was in Boston for treatment. She is incredible, motivated, focused and on a mission, like the rest of us, to not let cancer stop us from growing old, gray and wrinkly beside our loved ones and watching our kids grow into adults with families of their own.
Here is a link to their website to learn more about Marnie's Foundation, ACCRF, and how to donate:
Thank you for your time and for considering donating what you can to ACCRF, even if it is a dollar. Every bit is helpful and gives hope to all of us who have fought, or are fighting, the battle with ACC.
With gratitude and hope,