HGTV star raising money to help friend and Perham woman who battled liver cancer

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PERHAM, Minn. (Valley News Live)- HGTV star Chip Gaines is raising money in honor of a friend and professional distance runner from Perham, Minnesota.

Gabriele Grunewald was a state high school champion in the 800-meter run. She went on to run for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she won several Big 10 championships with the team and was named an All-American, before turning pro in 2010.

We told you Monday, she has been moved to end-of-life care during her battle with liver cancer.

Grunewald and Gaines trained together. He posted on Instagram Tuesday that in honor of her difficult diagnosis, he will be raising money until midnight to give to St. Jude. Additionally, he will be matching all donations made tonight along with donating money to the #BraveLikeGabe Foundation.

To donate, go to the #ChipInChallenge, you can find a link to that below:

https://magnolia.com/chipinchallenge/