OBITUARY

Christina Drisko

December 9, 1994April 9, 2018
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Christina Drisko (Greenbaum), 23, of Riverview, FL, passed away on Monday, April 9th 2018, after a 15 month battle with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL. The funeral service will be at 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 14th, at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church. Preceding the funeral, a viewing will be held at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL between 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

She is survived by her husband Joshua Drisko, her parents Stephanie Liakopoulos and David Greenbaum, her sister Maria Liakopoulos and her fiancé Eddie Orozco, and their daughter, her niece Alexandra. She is also survived by numerous extended family members and friends.

Christina was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Socrates Greek school and was a 2012 graduate of Fremd High School. She headed off to Tampa, FL where she attended the University of Tampa. There, she met Josh, the love of her life, her freshman year right be-fore returning to Chicago to attend Loyola University. During that time, she maintained a long-distance relationship with Josh, and returned to Tampa after one semester to finish her degree at the University of South Florida. In 2016, she graduated with her English degree. On November 11th, 2016, Josh surprised her with a proposal which involved thirty of his fraternity brothers tell-ing her reasons why he loved her. Little did he know, she had already planned out the entire wedding months before he proposed.

The following Christmas and New Years holidays were spent celebrating and planning for her new life as Mrs. Drisko. The joy continued until she went into the hospital on January 9th, 2017 with some difficulty breathing. That was the first day she officially began her battle with cancer. She was officially diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma a few days later and immediately began treatments. Despite having no previous experience with cancer, she was de-termined to research everything she could to give herself a fighting chance. Often times, she would surprise even her own doctors with information related to her treatments, which warranted her many comments on a possible future career.

Despite her diagnosis, Christina and Josh would not let her cancer delay their wedding, which was set for October 21st, 2017. The one thing that helped her stay positive during her treatments was her wedding and the start of her married life. Even though she went to Chicago with her mother for treatments, her and Joshua remained in constant contact and she was literally count-ing down the days to her wedding. In September of 2017, she officially entered remission and celebrated by returning to Tampa, FL and marrying the love of her life on their originally planned wedding date of October 21st, 2017. The ceremony was intimate and beautiful. It was performed by Josh’s father and attended by both of their parents. She was so excited to become Christina Drisko, that she officially changed her name the following day. All the while, she continued to plan her elaborate wedding the following year at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL for all of her family and friends to attend and witness her love for Josh. To celebrate, they set off on a cruise through the Caribbean where they were able to take a break from everything that had transpired over the previous year. For that week, the only thing that mattered was their love for each other.

In January 2018, she found out that her cancer returned. This time around, it was likely that she would need a stem cell transplant to provide the best chance of an eventual cure. Instead of breaking down and blaming the world, she planned with a smile on her face. The newlyweds be-gan looking for a new home in which she would be able to recover from the transplant in peace and quiet. Within a few weeks, they were under contract and began researching furniture de-signs, wall colors, and even dog doors. On March 15th, 2018, the Drisko’s moved into their first home. Christina’s love for planning resulted in paint swatches along all the walls while trying to find that perfect color. She wouldn’t let Josh start a task without finishing it, even if it meant stay-ing up until 3:00 AM to get all of those screens replaced.

During this time, Christina never gave up on the hope of creating a wonderful life and family with Josh. She fought with everything she had until the end. Even in the stressful times and severe pain, she never complained and had a smile on her beautiful face. She surprised nurses, doc-tors, and hospital staff with her resiliency, positive attitude and spirit. In her last moments, Chris-tina was surrounded by the love of Josh and her parents.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her husband Joshua Drisko, her parents Stephanie Liakopoulos and David Greenbaum, her sister Maria Liakopoulos and her fiancé Eddie Orozco, and their daughter, her niece Alexandra. She is also survived by numerous extended family members and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Christina Drisko

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Emily Kmiecik

May 1, 2018

Christina and I were both being treated at the University of Chicago.... both of us were engaged, similar age, relapsed from similar cancers (mine being leukemia, hers being lymphoma) and had a connection that I could not and will not find with anyone else. She supported me even when she was hurting, always making me laugh and seeing things in a more positive light. She was a bright light in my life and I’m having trouble accepting the fact that she was taken too soon.
I love you Christina.
I’m thinking of all those who loved her, too, and sending you all my love as well. My thoughts are with her family, sister, husband, and friends.
I’m so sorry I didn’t make it to Tampa in time.
Love,
Emily

(This photo is from out last conversation)

Jenny Kokonas

April 29, 2018

TO MY GOD DAUHGTER. CRISTINA I LOVE YOU AND I WILL MISS YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN

Brianna Martin

April 23, 2018

Christina and I were inseparable our sophomore year of high school. I knew I could tell her anything and she’d be honest with me and give me advice whenever needed. There was almost never a day where we weren’t laughing and doing our typical high school girl gossiping. We had a friendship I’ll never forget. I know she’s probably not writing notes in journals to give back and forth in heaven but it’s nice to think she’s going to be guiding her loved ones now from above. Maybe in a subtle way... but knowing her maybe it won’t be so subtle. I’ll miss her dearly and I send love to her family and husband.

Jennifer Blew

April 13, 2018

Christina,

We connected via Facebook a few months ago - my son Sam had T Cell Leukemia and has relapsed in January of this year as well. Through these devastating battles, we were able to discuss stem cell transplant and encourage each other to keep fighting! Even though I’d only known you online I could tell what a special woman you were - positive, uplifting, inquisitive and a fighter! Thank you for gracing me with your encourgement over the last few months. My son went to be with Jesus Feb 24th this year and I’m terribly devastated for your family that your earthly battle is over because I know how much they will miss you, precious one, but so thankful that your body has been made new!! Please give my boy a squeeze up there.

Eleni Kouimelis

April 12, 2018

It is so difficult to share only one memory because we had made so many over our 20 years of friendship. Christina, thank you for such a beautiful life of memories. From the moment Kuria Grapsa sat me next to you on our first day of kindergarten, you have been my other half. I have never clicked so easily with a person in my entire life. All of the time we spent together was full of love, laughter, and absolute happiness. I remember the days we would hide from our parents when it was time to leave because we knew it would buy us a little more time together. When we weren't together, we would Skype for hours on end, never running out of things to talk about, and never hanging up without saying "I love you." I cried the day you asked me to be your Koumbara, it was the day we both always dreamed of, but sadly a day ill never get to see. There were so many memories left to be made, but I cannot thank you enough for all of the beautiful memories I have to remember you by. I never dreamed of you leaving so soon. The amount of love I have for you hurts my heart and there will not be a day that I won't think of you. I love you Stina. Look over me my Angel.

Eleni Kouimelis

April 12, 2018

It is so difficult to share only one memory because we had made so many over our 20 years of friendship. Christina, thank you for such a beautiful life of memories. From the moment Kuria Grapsa sat me next to you on our first day of kindergarten, you have been my other half. I have never clicked so easily with a person in my entire life. All of the time we spent together was full of love, laughter, and absolute happiness. I remember the days we would hide from our parents when it was time to leave because we knew it would buy us a little more time together. When we weren't together, we would Skype for hours on end, never running out of things to talk about, and never hanging up without saying "I love you." I cried the day you asked me to be your Koumbara, it was the day we both always dreamed of, but sadly a day ill never get to see. There were so many memories left to be made, but I cannot thank you enough for all of the beautiful memories I have to remember you by. I never dreamed of you leaving so soon. The amount of love I have for you hurts my heart and there will not be a day that I won't think of you. I love you Stina. Look over me my Angel.

Olivia Bazirgan

April 11, 2018

Although I never met Christina in person she certainly had an impact on my life. When I was first diagnosed with cancer a mutual friend of ours, that Christina knew from college, posted on his Instagram wishing me luck on starting my first treatment. Christina reached out to me and told me that if I had any questions or needed to talk that she was here for me. We really bonded because we were the same age and going through similar situations. We kept in contact and always checked up on each other. Every time I spoke to her she was positive and inspiring. She motivated me to be just as strong as she was. Even though we never got the chance to meet in person I know just by talking to her over the last few months that she was truly a kind and wonderful person. My heart breaks and my prayers go out to her family and friends.

Melissa Moscinski

April 11, 2018

Kristina was such a fun spirited and bright! We went to junior high and high school together. Kristina was one person who always could put a smile on my face during a passing period, our time in the little Vikes preschool, jumping on my trampoline at home, girls nights, or during our lunches! Kristina made my junior high and high school experience much better and was always a loyal friend who supported me. Kristina will be missed immensely and never forgotten. Thanks for the friendship that I will never forget.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY