Rayna's Fight Breast Cancer Fund

$7,055 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 114 people in 14 months
Ron Russo
on behalf of Rayna Leigh Russo
 SNELLVILLE, GA






On a cold January evening back in 1984 my first born daughter came into this world. She has brought much joy and happiness to my life ever since but especially on September 6th,  2016, when she gave birth to her 1st child. A beautiful baby girl named Rowan. Shortly thereafter on  November 18th , 2016 while just begining to enjoy her life as a new mother. She received a phone call that no woman should ever have to hear. Rayna  was diagnosed with breast cancer, completely turning her beautiful little world upside down.

More specifically, Rayna was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. A 5cm (2") tumor had formed in her right breast during her pregnancy. This specific type of cancer, is known as a triple negative cancer which is fast spreading and more difficult to treat than other types of breast cancers. Rayna has just gone through an intensive 2 month regiment of Chemotherapy and is about to begin an even more intensive 3 month regiment of Chemotherapy. If all goes well it will be  followed by some form of breast surgery that has yet to be determined and then radiation therapy. 

This is devastating and life changing news for any woman, not to mention a new mother raising an infant daughter. Rayna has had no choice but to leave her job while undergoing chemotherapy treatments as the side effects are unpredictable and often leave her fatigued, extremely sore and nausesous. Thus leaving her in a financial crisis. I am doing everything I can to support her but unfortunately it is not enough.

My daughter has a strong will to live and will never give up her fight to survive. She is motivated daily  by the smiling face of her little baby girl. I pray for her everyday and ask that everyone do the same so she may live a long, prosperous life and enjoy the joys of motherhood. 

 Myself, my family, my grand daughter, along with everyone that knows and loves her want and need her to win this fight! Help us to help her overcome this battle with breast cancer!

The small sacrifice of many can go a long way in helping. So Please I am reaching out to all who read this to find it in your heart to give anything you can to help her.  Any and every donation is greatly appreciated.

“Practice giving, and people will give to you. . . . With the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.”—Luke 6:38.

I thank you in advance for your help.

All donations will go towards her medical and living expenses only (Co-pays, Deductibles & Uncovered medications) ( Rent & Utilities). Any and All funds that are in excess of these expenses will be gratefully donated to Breatcancer.org. 

Sincerely,
Ron Russo
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Today was hopefully my third and final surgery in this 9 month battle with breast cancer. Today my plastic surgeon exchanged my expander for an implant and I also had augmentation on my good breast for symmetry and my port removed! While my right side is in no pain at all (my nerve endings still haven't grown back) I'm feeling a little discomfort on the left so pain meds, antibiotics, and no lifting for me for the next few days.

Besides surgery being over, I was also told last month that I'm in remission! All signs of cancer have been wiped out of my body! I'm looking forward to recovering and finally getting back to my new normal of being a mom, partner, sister, daughter, niece, cousin, and friend.

I want to again thank everyone whose been here for me from the beginning. You never think something like this could happen to you and when it did my family and friends stood by me. Your generous donations helped my family survive and I will forever be grateful to each and everyone of you.

This will be my last update through this campaign page. For the next five years I'll be working hard to get in shape, eat healthy and raise my daughter with the most caring man I've ever met. So here's to all of you! Thank you so much! And here's to those two words I can't wait to hear.. CANCER FREE!

Much love,
Rayna
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Hello everyone! Hope everyone enjoyed their forth of July festivities! Here's a quick little update..

Today marks 3 weeks post op from my mastectomy surgery. Everything went well! I spent one night in the hospital with minimal side effects and pain. There was no residual cancer cells found in the breast tissue that was removed, which is great news! I also had a tissue expander placed at the same time to prepare for an implant.

I will be receiving injections of saline into the expander once a week until the desired size is achieved and then it will be swapped out for a silicone implant.

The last 3 weeks have been more uncomfortable then anything. I had a drain for almost 2 weeks to remove extra fluid from building up in the surgical area. I wasn't able to drive until pretty much yesterday and I still can't lift anything heavy, which has been hard because I've needed a lot of help with Rowan.

Overall though I'm feeling good, trying to exercise my arm to regain my range of motion. I meet with my plastic surgeon on Thursday and my oncologist in a few weeks to see if any additional chemo/radiation therapy is necessary.

Thanks again everyone!
Rayna
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Hello everyone!

Just letting you all know that surgery went well. I spent one night in the hospital with some minor nausea from anesthesia but other then that I've been able to manage the pain pretty well with a nice Percocet and Valium combo.

I was sent home with a drain that needs to be maintained until my follow up with my surgeon and some arm exercises to work on once I'm able to move a little better. Now it's just resting (which I'm horrible at doing). Thankfully i have lots of help to take care of Rowan while I recover!

I will know about the recovery process when I see my doctors again, so I will post another update when I have a better idea of what will be going on in the next few months.

Thanks again for everyone who has shared this page for me, donated, texted and called. I appreciate it so much

Rayna
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Today is a week and 2 days since my lumpectomy surgery and I had an appointment this morning to go over my pathology report. The good news is that the cancer has been changed to stage 0 cancer. What was invasive ductal carcinoma is now consider non invasive. The lymph nodes were all negative as well. Unfortunately though the margins were not clear and there are traces of the cancer in the tissue that was removed around the tumor.

The concern here is that there was no area of concentration of cancer cells. No definite source or origin. The cells are sporadic across the area, meaning that they're is potential for these spots to become tumors over time. Since there is no way to tell how far out into the breast tissue this occurs, the ultimate and best course of action is a mastectomy with reconstruction surgery.

So this Tuesday I will be having surgery to remove the breast tissue and at he same time start the reconstruction process. As far as I know I still will need radiation at some point, but it won't be until I am healed from the reconstruction which will take a few months once all is said and done.

So just when I thought I was headed into the home stretch, I've been thrown a slight curve ball. Just another obstacle that I will overcome and be just that much stronger for having to go through it.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement throughout this. It means the world to me

<3 Rayna
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Joanne Buccino
12 months ago
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I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support for my Beautiful Rayna Leigh! She is one tough cookie and she will beat this

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Raised by 114 people in 14 months
Created December 15, 2016
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KZ
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Kathryn Zarate
7 months ago
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Keep on fighting you are doing great! Thinking of you and your family ;)

LP
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Lou Pisillo
8 months ago
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Prayers for Rayna!

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Anonymous
8 months ago
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Katyanna Nauman
8 months ago
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I know we don't know each other, not very well at least. But I am so sorry you are going through this, especially at a time when you should be truly enjoying your life and your little girl. All my love to you and yours for a full and speedy recovery.

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Matt Ando
8 months ago
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Joanne Buccino
12 months ago
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I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support for my Beautiful Rayna Leigh! She is one tough cookie and she will beat this

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