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    Canadian Skater/FSU Member Fighting for His Life (R.I.P.)

    A 25-year-old Canadian skater, Jesse Smith, who posts here as Spazactaz, is suffering from cancer and has taken a turn for the much worse. He is posting about his situation in Off the Beaten Track.
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...ncer-situation

    This article from over a year ago talks about how important Jesse has been in his local skating club and how the club is trying to help him now.
    http://www.fortmacleodgazette.com/20...figure-skater/

    I have confirmed with the club that the fund is still active. Here is how to make donations if you feel moved to help.

    We still have an account set up for Jesse and the details to donate are below.

    Cheques can be made payable to Fort Macleod Skating Club, Jesse Smith Trust Fund
    C/O Fort Macleod Credit Union
    Box 940 Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada T0L 0Z0
    This route will be slower, but much less costly.

    To wire funds:

    Funds again are payable to:
    Fort Macleod Skating Club
    Box 64
    Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada T0L 0Z0
    Account number: 722821093704

    Swift code (Can also be called BIC code or ABA code) for The Fort Macleod Credit Union:
    IRVTUS3N
    A Facebook page has also been set up for Jesse with some vids of his elegant skating.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-...91597000952422

    Please do what you can! Jesse has also posted his mailing address in the OTBT thread in case you would like to send cards directly to him.

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    In the OTBT thread Jesse posted this today:
    I received quite a few cards/gifts/etc. from people here today... thank you all sooooooooooo much for everything!! I really appreciate all your support! <3
    In case you missed it, here is his mailing address:

    Jesse Smith
    231 Lyndon Road
    Fort Macleod, AB
    T0L 0Z0 Canada

    And a vid of his beautiful skating:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=y...ure%3Dyoutu.be

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    Thank you Spun Silver. Can one directly send a check from a US bank to Canada?

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    Well, I made it clear to her that I am American and she still talked about checks, so I presume it is fine.

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    How Sad.. I recently lost a coworker to a brain cancer and it does just rob you in a slow painful way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Thank you Spun Silver. Can one directly send a check from a US bank to Canada?
    Yes, you can definitely send a US cheque to Jesse's trust fund.

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    For those that missed it: Jesse's 26th birthday was yesterday... and Kurt Browning called to wish him a Happy Birthday!!!

    Jesse thinks someone at FSU is responsible. Or does Kurt read FSU?

    (Does Kurt POST on FSU? Who is Kurt???)

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    Thanks to all those who have been posting kind and encouraging messages to Jesse in the OTBT forum. Jesse and his family are going through a very difficult time, and the support from fsu members means a lot to them. So far fsu members have contributed over $800 to Jesse's fund in Canada. Let us continue to give him our support. If you want to send him a card, or want to make a donation (please make the check to his parents- Dan & Wendy Smith OR Mr.& Mrs. Dan Smith, rather than to Jesse, so he does not have to sign the checks), his address is: Jesse Smith, 231 Lyndon Road, Fort Macleod, AB, T0L 0Z0, Canada. If sending a check, you may want to address the envelope also to Mr. & Mrs. Dan Smith (or Dan & Wendy Smith)
    Last edited by Vash01; 09-25-2013 at 08:25 AM.

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    For those that have not seen Jesse's skating, here is a sample.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zL9_swKud28

    He is also a musician.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6iL_L9kw_d0

    More vids are on his YT channel - just click on his name to see them.

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    Thanks for reposting the links, Spun silver. I had forgotten the music link. He is a good piano player too.

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    Bumping up the thread to send a message to all:

    There could be many ways to help Jesse be in a good frame of mind (as much as possible).

    You can send cards, flowers, jokes, pictures of his favorite skaters, like Yu Na, Johnny, Hanyu, Joannie (he loved her recent skate at JO), Plushenko (one of the few besides himself and Johnny who has correct axel technique!) or anything else you can think might bring him joy. Jesse has been in tremendous, prolonged pain and needs encouragement. He only spends half an hour a day online now, so sending youtube links and even PMs may not be the best thing (he may feel overwhelmed by too much material)-- snail mail is best IMO, but please feel free to use whatever means you want to use to help him.

    His address again :

    Jesse Smith
    231 Lyndon Road
    Fort Macleod, AB
    T0L 0Z0 Canada

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Vash01; 10-25-2013 at 07:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    For those that have not seen Jesse's skating, here is a sample.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zL9_swKud28

    He is also a musician.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6iL_L9kw_d0

    More vids are on his YT channel - just click on his name to see them.
    Wonderful links. Thanks for sharing.

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    Indeed. You are welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Bumping up the thread to send a message to all:

    There could be many ways to help Jesse be in a good frame of mind (as much as possible).

    You can send cards, flowers, jokes, pictures of his favorite skaters, like Yu Na, Johnny, Hanyu, Joannie (he loved her recent skate at JO), Plushenko (one of the few besides himself and Johnny who has correct axel technique!) or anything else you can think might bring him joy. Jesse has been in tremendous, prolonged pain and needs encouragement. He only spends half an hour a day online now, so sending youtube links and even PMs may not be the best thing (he may feel overwhelmed by too much material)-- snail mail is best IMO, but please feel free to use whatever means you want to use to help him.

    His address again :

    Jesse Smith
    231 Lyndon Road
    Fort Macleod, AB
    T0L 0Z0 Canada

    Thank you.
    Bumping up again - thanks for the tips, Vash01! I just sent him something today, hopefully it'll get there soon!

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    Thanks, Anita18!

    Tiny update: Sorry, I just learned Jesse does not like jokes! Or inspirational quotes! But he and his family enormously appreciate the concern, friendship and support of FSU members.

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    an update from the other thread...

    Jesse passed away today =(

    he will be missed

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    I am so sorry to hear this. RIP and my deepest condolences to Spazcataz's family.

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    Saddened to hear this. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Jeremy Ten has been tweeting today:

    Dearest Jesse Smith, I'll never forget our pre-novice & novice days. U were quiet but always kind and I could see that you had a huge heart
    https://twitter.com/j3r3bear/status/398669878871085056

    You will never be forgotten and when I think back on my skating career, there you will be, always.
    https://twitter.com/j3r3bear/status/398669985515454464

    You fought hard against your battle with cancer. Rest in peace. Be free. You will be missed by us all.
    https://twitter.com/j3r3bear/status/398670305444392960

    From The Skating Lesson:
    Rest In Peace, Jesse Smith.
    https://twitter.com/SkatingLesson/st...73908041523200

    I'm sure there have been many more from people with whom I'm not connected on Twitter.
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    I'm sad that Jesse has passed but on the other hand relieved that his suffering has ended. It was heartbreaking to read of his ongoing struggles with pain and breathing, the horrible treatment he received from the doctors and nurses that were supposed to be there to help him. I know he was in a small town but the lack of care and compassion was horrendous.

    RIP dear Jesse.

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