Athletes For Brave Like Gabe

by Erik Sowinski for Brave Like Gabe Foundation

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I was fortunate to have gotten to know Gabe over the course of a decade and during that time she made a huge impact on me as well as the entire running community. She embodied what it meant to be a fighter and how to make the most out of any situation. I am supporting the Brave Like Gabe Foundation in hopes of raising awareness and research enhancement of rare cancers.

About Brave Like Gabe

"Brave Like Gabe” started as a hashtag to support professional runner Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald as she sought treatment for her third battle with an incurable rare salivary gland cancer in 2017. As a professional runner and rare cancer advocate, Gabe founded The Brave Like Gabe Foundation to share her story, inspire others to connect and do the same, and to make a difference in the cancer community.

During her cancer journey, Gabe experienced firsthand many of the challenges faced by rare cancer patients and the need for dedicated research funding. She also felt strongly that running and physical activity were like medicine during all phases of her cancer journey.

Gabe passed away in June 2019 and her legacy with the Foundation continues to inspire others to share their own struggles while also helping to find better more effective treatments for rare cancer.

About Erik Sowinski

Erik Sowinski is an elite middle-distance runner, specializing in the 800 meters. He holds multiple USA Championships and earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Indoor World Championships. While competing at the University of Iowa, Erik was an All-American and NCAA Champion.

Athletes For is an annual giving campaign hosted by top runners, jumpers, and throwers training in the USA.


Athletes select their favorite charity and host a two week fundraising campaign. All campaigns will run through Giving Tuesday.


Athletes For has a dual purpose of supporting favorite causes and favorite athletes. All funds raised will support a worthy cause (as per the athlete's selection) with a small portion going toward funding athlete grants supporting their Olympic journey.


Click here to view all campaigns within the Athletes For fundraising drive.