Support for Our Janice
Organized by: Igor Winch
When a person opens their heart and makes you feel special, you will always be grateful and appreciate them for believing in you. Janice, whose outer beauty is equally matched by her inner beauty, is our beloved friend who always knows how to lift spirits, show kindness, and make a lasting impression on everyone she meets. At a young age, Janice demonstrated a passion for dance, so much so, that during college she opened and taught at her own dance studio because she loved teaching it to children. After completing college, Janice embarked on a career in business where she quickly rose through the ranks and became a Senior Executive at a Major Healthcare firm. But above all, the most important thing for Janice was to start a family. And she did. Janice is a devoted wife, loving daughter, loyal sister and above all, the most caring and proud mother of 2 small boys, Max (5) and Nathan (1). In 2013, at the age of 33, Janice performed a self-breast examination, felt a lump, and tests confirmed she was presenting with Stage 1 Breast Cancer. Max was just 2 years old. With family and friends by her side, Janice remained strong and positive while enduring a double-mastectomy, months of chemo - therapy, several rounds of radiation and came through feeling blessed and hopeful that the cancer was gone forever. In the beginning of 2015, Janice and Danny were blessed with the miracle of being pregnant. After multiple specialists confirmed that it was ok to move forward with the pregnancy, Janice and Danny were overjoyed and thankful that Max would become a big brother. On March 30, 2015, Nathan came into the world, and the family was so grateful and excited to start life together. Later that July, Janice started to experience significant pain in her hip. Not wasting any time, she was taken to the hospital. After multiple tests, our worst nightmare was confirmed. The cancer has returned, and metastasized in her bones. Sadly, there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer. Stage 4, advanced breast cancer, has limited treatment options and is vastly underfunded and under researched. On top of it, Janice’s type of cancer is extremely rare, and very difficult to manage. Starting treatment and getting well became the only priority for their family. Over the last 12 months, Janice has gone through and tried every available known path possible, and has done so with grace, determination, and hope. The time has now come where feeling well enough to be with her boys, family and friends matters the most. As hard and devastating that this journey has been, the families are appreciative of the special friendships (doctors, nurses, caretakers) and understand that everything that could have been done, was done, and more. The families are also grateful for the support groups and foundations who have supported her through this journey. Janice wants everyone to know that she loves you, always will, and is blessed to be part of your lives. She knows that Danny and the family will see to it that the boys, Max and Nathan, will be forever loved, cared for and protected. She thanks you all for the kind words, thoughts and prayers. Much love to all and thank you for your kindness. Help spread the word!