WINNIPEG – A staple of the Winnipeg running community, Joanne Schiewe has lost her battle with brain cancer at the age of 36.
Schiewe was diagnosed with glioblastoma (the same cancer that Gord Downie is battling) in February 2015 and despite her diagnosis and ongoing treatment, continued to run, bike and compete.
Just a few months ago, Schiewe raised money for and ran in the Winnipeg Police Half-Marathon.
“It was a pleasure to have met her and to observe someone with such strength to thank her fellow man and woman, to give up her time, as limited as it was, to make it better for others,” remembers Sgt. Nick Paulet, chair of the WPS Half-Marathon. “Whatever cause is important to your heart, just to reach out and make a difference, no matter what time you have left on this earth, that’s my takeaway message from Jo.”
Sgt. Paulet says he had lunch with Schiewe last month, and their conversation had the air of optimism.
“We talked about some of the latest developments, some of the hopes she had, still talking about the race, talking about competing, about next year’s event. It’s just remarkable, her care for others. We can all learn something from Jo.”
Her death was confirmed by her husband last night on Facebook.
Back in May following Downie’s diagnosis with brain cancer, 680 CJOB’s Geoff Currier spoke with Schiewe about her battle.