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    We say goodbye to a tremendously positive force in so many lives. Sandy O’Rafferty ended her melanoma journey on Wed March 13/13. She passed peacefully after a 7 year battle with this dreaded disease, in her 50th year of life.

    Sandy began her journey with a melanoma on her left calf. It spread throughout her body during the past 7 yrs. She had been responding well to Zelboraf for many months now, but her brain tumors were too resistance and create a seizure that Sandy was not able to recover from.

    She lived only blocks from my home, and she had become the single, greatest force in my life. No one understands this journey, as Sandy does. She created awareness in our community and was a wonderful inspiration to many of us. Her positive nature, infectious smile, and sense of determination were inspiring.

    I affectionately referred to Sandy as my “fellow melanoma warrior”. She provided me so much hope. She leaves behind a 23 year old daughter and husband that love her dearly. Two step children and her mother. She will be so sadly missed.

    Sandy is one of God’s angels now. She will continue her work from above.

    Love you Sandy,

    Abby xo


    I’m sorry Abby. I pray for you and her family.

    Take care of yourself. It’s tough to loose and mentor and a friend.



    so sorry for all who knew her …


    I am so very sorry about your loss Abby. Your friendship with Sandy is God’s love in action. May He bless and comfort you.


    Thank you to everyone for your support. The funeral was yesterday. It was such a hard day. I was asked by the family to speak. Got pretty choked up but made my way through it.

    I keep going to call her, email her, want to have coffee with her. Especially after my specialist’s appt yesterday. I have lost a friend and someone that really understood our journey. We shared our nervousness over pending scans, and our debates over results when they came through… It was nice that she lived close by as well.

    I am blessed to have those of you on this site, that are also wonderfully strong and inspiring.

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