Farewell Jeanne Carlsen

Dear Friends,

Sadly this note will bring you the news that Jeanne’s journey has come to an end.

On Tuesday just after 5 pm Jeanne left us. Right up to the day, her determination drove her to enjoy her life, family and friends to the fullest. She has moved on to ‘Greener Acres’.

She was surrounded by her family. Glenn, Kristopher, Laura-Kaye, Erika & Gunnar were at her side and supported her lovingly while she passed peacefully.

She was an inspiration to all of us, we will all miss her dearly.

The support she received from every one of you gave her the inspiration and love which helped sustain her. Glenn expresses a huge appreciation for the encouragement and comfort that you showed daily in contributing to this journal.

Let’s carry her journey through to the “100-100’s” on January 1!!
Her family requests no flowers to her home, but if you are so inclined they would prefer a donation to JEANNE’S TEAM at albertacancer.ca Search for Jeanne’s Team, to bring you to 2015 JTSFPC to make a donation or on Facebook search; Jeanne’s Team – Swim for Pancreatic Cancer

Race on Jeanne!!!
We love you.
Kirsty and Sandy

Long Course Swim Meet Extension

This is your lucky day! The Ottermania swim meet registration has been extended so you still have a chance to sign up.

You have until Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. But don’t wait. Do sign-up now!

Jeanne’s Challenge

Many of you have met Jeanne Carlsen and know that she is a great swimmer and a wonderful person. Right now she is in the fight of her life against pancreatic cancer. She is in the hospital in Calgary and, proof of her fighting spirit, she is still aiming to walk 10000 steps every day.

Here’s a few quotes from the blog she keeps:

Nov.19: I can’t believe the difference from one day to the next, one day I do 7400 steps, then the next I only hit 268!!! I am just over 2000 now at 6:20am, feeling much better today. Did a few arm exercises while I was in the hall as well.

Nov. 20: Closed the day out yesterday at 8204 steps. Just did a little legs while they changed my bed, but really feeling the lack of food this morning.

And finally today: They will be doing the stent procedure today sometime, so will allow us to drain the stomach when we need to. Only downside is that I will no longer be able to swim or even take a bath!!!!

Jeanne was planning in taking part in the 100 X 100 Challenge that she has organized for New Year’s Day. It looks like she will not be able to swim but you can swim for her: we’re having a Jeanne’s Team 100 X 100 Challenge in Victoria on New Year’s Eve – sign up here.

If you can’t make it to the swim, please consider donating to Jeanne’s efforts to raise money for cancer research – you won’t even need to dump a bucket of ice water over your head, just go to Jeanne’s website and make your donation.

Thanks for supporting my dear friend Jeanne,
Danielle Brault


  • Feeling swimspired by one of your lane mates? Following the success of last year’s MSABC Swimspiration contest we are once again looking for inspiring stories about our membership. Submit a story to editor@msabc.ca about one of your teammates and you could win $100.

    They don’t have to be a world champion, it could be that they come to every practice, work hard, and consistently show improvement, or it could be they have used swimming to recover from an injury or illness, or it could be they are a super volunteer for your club, or it could simply be that they are the best lane-mate ever!

    Stories should be no less than three no more than eight paragraphs and and will be added to our Blog over the next few months. If you have a photo of your inspiring teammate send it along with your story. Please don’t worry about grammar and all that jazz – editor@msabc.ca can help with that.

    Submissions should be made between November 2, 2014 and March 31st, 2014. Stories may be used to help MSABC select the Ted Simpson Achievement Award and Stan Powell Memorial Service Award . Two winning stories will be selected to receive $100.

    You must be an MSABC member to particpate and the story must be about an MSABC participant.

    Email your stories now to editor@msabc.ca

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