Janet's Fight Against Cancer

On July 23, Janet found out that the mass discovered in her left breast during an annual mammogram was confirmed as cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma. She is now scheduled to have a mastectomy on Monday, August 20th, where the oncologist will also remove surrounding lymph nodes for additional testing to see whether the cancer has spread. 

If you know her or have even met her, Janet is one of those people who it is nearly impossible not to like. What strikes you first about Janet--besides her great smile--is her deep care and concern for other people. She is constantly giving of herself for the sake of others, whether it be giving time, energy, a listening ear, or of course, good food. She is incredibly hospitable, generous, and a woman full of integrity. Janet is a tremendous mother to Matthan and Eden, a tireless worker, and a faithful friend. According to her husband Joel, Janet is the toughest person he has ever met in his life. Look out cancer, you have no idea who you are messing with. 

During this time, and especially if Janet requires more cancer treatment and surgery, we want Janet and Joel to be able to focus on her health and their family, without the additional stress of worrying about finances. The funds raised here will cover the costs of Janet's first surgery to remove the cancer and determine if it has spread, as well as temporary reconstruction until further treatments are determined. Based on the results from the August 20 surgery, Janet may need subsequent cancer treatments and reconstruction surgeries. Our goal is to raise enough funds by November 15 for them to focus on Janet's fight in the coming months.

From Janet and Joel: If you have made it this far, we want to thank you for your willingness to read our story. We also want to thank you for your prayers, your well wishes, your care, and your support. While these last few months have been some of the most challenging months of our lives, and the coming months may be even more challenging, we are consistently reminded that we are not alone. God is with us, and so are you. Finally, we realize that some of you who come across this page may not know Janet, or any other member of our family. If that is you, we are especially grateful that you took time to read the story of a bunch of strangers. Whatever you decide to do with our story, reflect on it, share it, donate in light of it, or even forget it, know that even your consideration is a tremendous encouragement to our hearts.

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

To stay updated on Janet's fight against cancer and for other ways to help the Ristuccia's during this time, go to https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/janetristuccia

  • Manan Goenka 
    • $30 
    • 47 mos
  • David Nie 
    • $38 
    • 47 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 47 mos
  • Tim Jia 
    • $25 
    • 47 mos
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    • $15 
    • 47 mos
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Fundraising team (3)

Nahrie Chung 
Princeton, NJ
Isabelle Kim 
Team member
Joel Ristuccia 
Team member