About Rene & Jason

Welcome to inspiredbyrene.com, and our blog site, blog.inspiredbyrene.com:

Sunday September 30th Rene was diagnosed with Brain Cancer.  She has spent the last 6 months going through gruelling treatment and therapy, showing us all her trademark fight and spirit.  Rene has come through a lot of tough matches in her life, she is tackling this one head on.

We will update this site so everyone can follow her progress.  Follow along and let her inspire you.

21 thoughts on “About Rene & Jason

  1. Hi Rene and Jason,
    Suz called me Friday…..I’ve been thinking about you ever since. Sending you lots of love and let me know if there’s anything I can do. I’m taking a course in Chicago Nov 4 – 6. I have a hotel but would love to see you or could stay a couple of days after if it would help you. I haven’t booked my flight yet. Let me know. My cell is 770-689-7262. Call any time if you want to talk. Sharon Fichman posted on her FB page…..”the hardest battles are given to the toughest soldiers” You’ve always been a tough soldier! Be strong girl. Sorry it’s been so long since we talked! Age

  2. Thank-you for putting this website together. Almost makes me feel like I am there with you and supporting you…..almost!
    with love from Down Under
    Anne

  3. Hi Bentley and Rene,
    Just wanted you to know we are thinking about you both, and send you lots of love and best wishes from Ontario!
    Love, Susie, Tye , Noah , Bella and Liam
    xo

  4. Heard from Roland today and he informed me of this site…please know that your fellow Horned Frogs are thinking of you and wishing you all the best. Tory

  5. Hi Rene,

    Back in town and wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and I hope your day was filled with a little happy things. Great sight and my best to you and Jason. Keep that great smile for me.

  6. “What Cancer Cannot Do”

    Cancer is so limited…
    It cannot cripple love
    It cannot shatter hope
    It cannot corrode faith
    It cannot destroy peace
    It cannot kill friendship
    It cannot suppress memories
    It cannot silence courage
    It cannot invade the soul
    It cannot steal eternal life
    It cannot conquer the spirit.

    -Author Unknown

  7. Hey Rene.
    have been trying to think of what to say for a week now and I’m still lost for words. just stay strong and know that we are thinking of you and are thoughts and prays are with you and family. love you. matt sandra georgia

  8. Hi There Rene,
    Geoff Bower sent me an email today with your details and a link to this wonderful website. Sad it takes news like this to re-connect but I want to let you know that I’ll be thinking of you and rooting for you from Seattle. I’d love to catch up when you get a chance. Please email me or call me anytime at 425 503-3633.
    Your a super strong woman…do your best to keep smiling!
    Scott xo

  9. Dear Renee, We always think of you with your laugh and determination to win. How we cheered when you won the Canadian Championship. Your strength, for someone so little always amazed us and I’m sure it is still there. We want you to know we are thinking of you with love and hope. Val and Phil.

  10. Rene and Jason , Thinking about you guys lots . Suz has kept me up to date . Just wanted to say hi and let you know Rene that you are a true inspiration to all . I admire how you are handling your situation . Be strong and know that you and Jason are in my prayers as well as Suzanne’s , Ethan’s and Dylan’s . Love you Rene .

  11. Dear Rene, we hear about you often from Kathy. We know you are a smart, strong girl and you will win your battle. I know you are in touch with many people but I remember how much I wanted to hear from people with similar experience. It was 30 years ago when I was mis- diagnosed in local hospitals and finally got to the right place only in a wheelchair. I was too weak to walk.
    After I was finally diagnosed with Hodgkins (I was in very advanced Stage 4B) I could not sleep since I could not breath. The internal cavity around my lungs was full of water since tumored lymph nodes did not pass the fluids. After geting chemotherapy and radiation therapy (large doses) then I am here still doing well. Keep on fighting knowing there is a light after going through a dark tunnel.
    Thinking of you and wishing you all the best .
    With love Anita Sipos

  12. Dear Rene

    Just saw Barry at York and he filled me in. i just wanted to send you my best and let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. As you did on the court, keep fighting and keep that strong spirit alive.
    Our Love
    Rivi and Steve

  13. Hi Rene. It’s been some time but I was making plans with Maria to visit Toronto, spoke with Steve Rogel, and he told me about your illness. He also mentioned you were looking for some cool sunglasses to impress your friends, you are surrounded by so many of them. We are thinking of you — my favorite left-handed Canadian tennis player, ahead of even Connell and Nestor – and wishing you well.

    Warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Leif xo

  14. Hey Rene,

    Your fighter mentality is an inspiration to me. Keep battling through this and know my family’s thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you’ll get through it. I don’t think I ever got the chance to tell you, but winning the A mixed doubles with you at the Lawn was one of my coolest memories as a kid. When my mom told me that you wanted to be my partner, I couldn’t believe it, and was so happy! I’ll never forget the way that made me feel and still can’t believe a player of your calibre and fame would take the time to mentor and play with me. Our names as champions are still on the wall there and when I saw it a couple summers ago, it took me back to that feeling and I smiled. You really are a champion and I know you’re going to beat this.

    All my best,

    Kyle Simmons

  15. Hi guys
    Keith and I would really like to come visit you both.
    It would have to be a weekend, although March 9th is the start of Spring break, so we have greater flexibility.
    We can fly directly from London, just let us know if you are up the visit.
    Sending lots of love.
    Suzie, Keith & Cole

  16. We are keeping up with you through your website. Hang in there, things will improve. As the weather gets better, you will be able to get out more and walking is always the best exercise.
    We just had Jackie and family here for a week – great weather. They send their best wishes as do we. Love as laways, Dorothy and Arthur.

  17. Hi Rene,
    Kirsh here. I keep checking up on you. I have a kid whose big into tennis. I’ve told him all about you and Roland Garos, especailly when I borrowed your jacket and Competitor pass. Looking forward to some good news.
    Kirsh

  18. Hi Rene…Ive known about your diagnosis for a while now but did not see the website until now. Your smile through everything is truly amazing and it represents how tough you are through your battle. I have such respect and admiration for you…Please keep on smiling and fighting, you can beat this!!!
    Im rooting for you, much love.

    Katy

  19. Dear Rene,
    Its been 25 or so years since I last saw you at TCU and as I was watching the French Open today when you popped into my thoughts. I put your name in the computer and found this web site. Definitely not what I expected. I really don’t know what I can say except I am sorry that you are going though this. I can only pray you get better. Take care Rene,
    John Mollica

  20. Dear Rene and Jay,

    I think about you often and haven’t had a chance to really sit down and go through your site. Wow! In every picture Rene your smile is bursting. I wish I could be sitting beside you guys right now. Share some dumb jokes and laugh. Sending you so much love…xoxo pippa

  21. Jane, Burt, Anne, Carol & Jason,

    Our hearts go out to you as we understand that Rene’s Toronto service is today. Lori has been sharing the news of Rene as she regularly keeps in touch with Carol. Many of us who hailed from Sarnia as tennis players (and living on the opposite side of the Riding Club from you) only dream about what Rene has accomplished. Many us remember her as the “pint-sized” tennis player who could move that ball like a stick of dynamite. How grateful we have been to know her and to know that she so proudly represented our country. Take comfort in knowing others care and feel for your loss. Rene had it all: talent plus a great family and husband to support her. May all the joyful memories you shared with Rene give you peace at this time of sorrow. God bless you all.

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