Jeanne’s Team was recently formed this year after the tragic news of Jeanne being diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer in October of 2013.
For those of you that know her, you will understand what a shock this was to their lives (Husband Glenn). Active in the community of competitive swimming for over 45 years, from swimmers, to coaches, to parents, to World ranked masters swimmers, they have both literally lead a life demonstrating health and fitness as the road to follow.
Jeanne became more active in Masters Swimming in the late 1980’s and has excelled ever since. It didn’t take long for her to start breaking records. She held 4 world records in the 800 and 1500 free and was also on several world record relay teams, paired with her husband Glenn for some of them. Currently, Jeanne holds 12 Canadian records in the 55-59 age group, dominating all the tough distance races. She has also left her mark in the FINA top 10 all time rankings in numerous events.
Jeanne is passionate about training, competing (both in pools and open water events) and travelling across the country and around the world to competitions, including several World Championships. A highlight of competition has always been meeting up with many friends they have made along the way and sharing her passion with them.
Jeanne has had to pass up the competition season for the most part and focus her energy and fighting spirit on tackling this disease.
With this in mind the idea of “swim for Pancreatic Cancer” came to light. For the past several years, friends have gathered on January 1 to challenge themselves with a workout of 100 x 100’s (a set most of us did in our younger years of swimming!)
Our goal this year is to raise $100,000.00 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation in support of clinical trials that help researchers translate scientific discovery in the lab to the bedside, so patients have access to the best cancer treatment, new drugs, promising novel therapy, and optimism for the future.. Not only is the monetary value important for driving progress, but also increasing the awareness in the community of this silent devastating disease.
Together, we can all make a difference. Join us on January 1, 2015 and make an impact!