ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) For those of us who played sports growing up, coaches grow character, they are our role models and they are there to pick us up. But now one local figure skating coach is the one needing everyone to rally around her.
Revolution Synchronized Skating director Jenn Caron has been fighting brain cancer for the last four years undergoing multiple surgeries, but following a recent MRI, doctors tell her she does not have much time left.
Caron not only helped local skaters win more than 30 national championships, but she is a Canadian and world synchro champ herself.
Her husband Doug says there is still plenty of fight left in Jenn.
"Initially they said days and here we are a month later," said Doug Caron. "Realistically they didn't see two or three months after the last positive on the MRI and how quickly things were spreading, but they don't know Jenn. They don't know her fighting spirit, they don't know how determined she is. Obviously it's in God's hands at this point but God works with us when we work too."
Jenn informed her team a few weeks ago that she even had brain cancer before walking away from the program that she had built in 2001.
Her skaters believe Jenn has impacted them in more ways than she will ever know.
"Everything that she worked so hard to do, trained us to be, she wanted us to do the best in everything," said Molly Budlong. "She showed us that you can do whatever you want no matter what your circumstances are."
"I turned to her for any issues I had," said Ally Lung. "She helped me through a lot of things. I'll just always see her as my person. One of my people that when I need something, I need her. She'll always be my first coach, she'll always be the person who taught me to skate. I'll always know her as one of the people who formed me into the person I am today."
If you would like to help the Caron family, you can learn more at www.TeamJenn.org.