Rise for Risa

As many of you know, Risa Johnson was diagnosed on September 6, 2018 with advanced Colon Cancer.   Risa is the prime supporter of her family of five, currently working 3 jobs to make ends meet. She is originally from Ohio and now resides in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Risa has devoted her life to working with older adults in the healthcare field in settings such as Skilled Nursing, Physical Rehabilitation, Acute Care and Home Care.  She also unselfishly volunteers her time at a food bank that assists with providing meals for those in need in New Hanover County. 

Since learning of her diagnosis, Risa and her family have not only had to handle the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, but numerous Doctor appointments and tests (PET scan, CAT scan, Ultrasounds, etc.).   It has already started taking a toll on her physically through increased fatigue and decreased strength and appetite.  Also,  she has recently had to significantly reduce her work hours and will eventually have no source of income in the coming weeks.  Her team of Doctors concur that her next step in her plan of care will include 6 weeks of Chemo and Radiation(5 times a week) and weekly blood work/tests and visits with specialists.  Following the 6 weeks of Chemo and Radiation, Risa will be scheduled to have her 1st surgery to remove the mass and attach the ileostomy or colostomy.   After healing, Risa will be required to go back in for a second surgery. 

As a friend of Risa's, I am reaching out to ask for financial support for her during this journey.  She is one of the hardest workers and strongest women I know and she is not one to reach out for help.  All donations will be used to cover medical bills and basic living expenses for Risa and her family while she is unable to work.  Please consider a donation to my dear friend during this very difficult time for her and her family.
  • Gina Dillard 
    • 100 $ 
    • 27 mos
  • Autumn Schirtzinger  
    • 25 $ 
    • 27 mos
  • Jamie Lallathin 
    • 50 $ 
    • 27 mos
  • Justin Core 
    • 100 $ 
    • 27 mos
  • Joyce Gilson 
    • 200 $ 
    • 27 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Julie Brewer 
Wilmington, NC
Risa Johnson 
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