NATIONAL PARK RUN FOR ANNA ROSE AND NET CANCER AWARENESS
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.