Christian celebrity Chip Gaines used his platform to inspire a few of his famous friends to support two causes advocated by Olympic hopeful Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald who died of cancer on Tuesday.
The “Fixer Upper” star shared the emotional story of his friend Gabe who was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer 10 years ago. Despite her battle with cancer, the 32 year old pursued her dream of competing as a runner in the Olympics all the way up to her death on Tuesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Gaines shared his post on Instagram to honor Gabe and help “those who are fighting for just one more day.” He created the #ChipInChallenge and vowed to match donations made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Gabe’s foundation, Brave Like Gabe.
“ I understand that Gabe is not a patient at @StJude, but right now, she is fighting for her life,” the HGTV star, wrote on Instagram Tuesday during Gabe’s final moments.
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More than 10 years ago, my friend @gigrunewald was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer. I understand that Gabe is not a patient at @StJude, but right now, she is fighting for her life. Cancer is ugly and it is mean and it doesn’t fight fair. This has gotten extremely personal.. so here’s what I’m going to do about it: I want us to hit that $500K mark by midnight tonight. So I will be personally matching all #ChipInChallenge donations made between now and midnight. ON TOP OF THAT, I’ll also be matching that amount in the form of a donation to the #BraveLikeGabe Foundation, in Gabe’s honor. That is 3x the power of your generosity in the fight against cancer.. and all YOU need to do is donate whatever you can to the #ChipInChallenge (link in bio) between now and midnight CT. I’ll take care of the rest. Together, we’re going to fight for those who are fighting for just one more day. This is for those precious kids at St. Jude.. we are pulling for you! And to my beautiful friend Gabe.. we love you and we are here for you every step of the way.
“Cancer is ugly and it is mean and it doesn’t fight fair. This has gotten extremely personal,” he continued. “Together, we’re going to fight for those who are fighting for just one more day. This is for those precious kids at St. Jude.. we are pulling for you!”
He finished the post with a note of encouragement for Gabe. “And to my beautiful friend Gabe.. we love you and we are here for you every step of the way.”
On Wednesday, Gaines once again took to social media, this time to thank all who contributed to the cause.
“You blew this thing out of the water. Because of YOU, we have raised $1.49 million for @stjude and $512,000 for the @bravelikegabe Foundation. Over TWO MILLION DOLLARS raised for the fight against cancer! This campaign is proof that when we all work together for something bigger than ourselves, anything is possible,” he wrote.
The home renovation expert then went on to thank the star-studded list of friends who shared his challenge and made monetary contributions.
“To @lauren_daigle, @drewbarrymore, @arod, @jlo, @kevinlove, @spaceykacey, @jessiejamesdecker, and @floridageorgialine—thank YOU for spreading the word and helping crush our original $230,000 goal!!” he celebrated.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law