Stem cells and sisterly love

   Januszewski said Martellotto Streeper is too weak at this point to comment publicly due to ongoing blood work and evaluations. Before she received her sister’s stem cells, she underwent full-body radiation and intense chemotherapy. Her lungs and kidneys were affected.

   Her niece and godchild Sarah Dallas, of Philadelphia, has organized an online fundraiser for Martellotto Streeper at www.youcaring.com/Janet-Transplant. The website notes that Martellotto Streeper, who owns a hair salon, was diagnosed in 2006. She underwent three years of chemotherapy and reached remission.

   In the years since, she became a grandmother to her daughter Nicole Horan’s two children. Martellotto Streeper enjoyed watching them a couple of days a week until she started experiencing symptoms again.

   “I feel a special bond with Janet that I’ve had since I was a child,” Dallas said. She added that her godmother is “always full of wisdom, always has great advice, always warm and friendly to everyone she meets.”

   Januszewski and Martellotto Streeper are among seven children in their family. Ranging from the oldest to the youngest, they are Janet, Donna, Maureen, Susan, Annette, John, and Michael. 

   Testing revealed that Susan and Michael, who lives in Italy, were a match for Janet’s stem cells, and the doctors selected Susan as the donor. The idea is that the stem cells she donated will reproduce so that her sister will have a healthy immune system.

   “I think her faith definitely played a huge role for her in wanting to do it,” Dallas said of Januszewski’s stem-cell donation. “Her faith definitely helped her get through any of the pain.”

   These days Januszewski is a workout warrior as well, going to a gym at 5:30 a.m. She decided to be even healthier than she had been.

   “People should really focus on health and staying as healthy as they can,” she said.
   See more photos at www.thecatholicsun.com.

Many prayers, many miles

Prayers and well wishes are being offered for Janet Martellotto Streeper from across the USA including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,  New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington (state and D.C.), and also from Europe, especially Italy. 

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