NATIONAL PARK RUN FOR ANNA ROSE AND NET CANCER AWARENESS
Photo Gallery above captures the emotion and exhilaration as Gil crossed the "Zebra Finish Line" at Rocky Mountain National Park on August 4, 2018, having traveled 42,000 miles to and walked, ran, and paddled 350 miles in 51 National Parks, 12 National Monuments, and 2 National Preserves in nine months. She was greeted by a vocal group of family, friends, patients, caregivers, and nurses onsite and inspired thousands of people nationwide.
Photos below from Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio on June 2 where local NET patients, caregivers, and family showed up to greet Gil and a national TV crew captured it all! Thank you to Ken and Cindy Ertel who opened up their home for the interview and helped coordinate the meet-up! The segment aired Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on Megyn Kelly TODAY. THANKS to everyone who came out to greet or walk/run with Gil!
Gil’s Story in Her Words
My name is Gilberta Schaenzle, but everyone calls me Gil. I grew up on a large cattle and sheep ranch in South Dakota. Aside from my first 17 years, most of my life has been spent in Colorado. It was in Boulder, CO where I met my wonderful husband, Fred. We just had our 26th anniversary. We live in a little mountain town in Colorado called Evergreen.
I was in Electrical Engineering until our beautiful daughter, Anna Rose was born in 1996. It was then that I took on the most wonderful job in the world…Anna’s mom. Anna was the whole package…intelligent, beautiful, and athletic. She had a big heart and was generous. I always felt humbled that God had chosen me to be her mom.
In addition to being Anna’s mom, I was also team mom to various volleyball teams. I love that many of the girls still call me Momma Gil. In addition to being a ‘momma’ I like to travel, cook, run, ski, hike, do photography and I make custom handmade books and social invitations.
Anna Rose died on March 26th, 2017 from Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma, a rare NET cancer. She was barely 21 when she got her wings. One day when Anna was feeling especially terrible from chemo, I told her of my idea to run through all the National Parks. I asked her if she would want to be my support vehicle driver when she had beat cancer and felt better. Her reply was "No". I asked why, and she replied that she was going to run all of them with me. So, to honor Anna, I am going to go forward with our plan. I also want to bring awareness to this insidious cancer.