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Operation Help Sandy

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As one of Sandy Byram's longest and closest friends, I could tell by the tone of her voice over the phone, that she had finally met her match in Christie Ortiz. She was giddy and excited from the first moment she said Christie's name over the phone to me. We talked frequently about the butterflies Christie gave Sandy at beginning and those feelings grew deeper as they got to know each other. Sandy knew Christie was the one for her and she planned to marry her.

In early 2011, Sandy and Christie decided to move across the country to Maryland to officially begin their life together. They made the decision to leave the Arizona town where they met and fell in love to be closer to Christie's friends and family and to pursue Sandy's dream of living on the east coast.

After packing up their car with all of their belongings and their beloved pets, Spartacas and XXX, they began the journey from west to east. In the early morning of Monday, March 28, 2011, only an hour into their drive, they got into a fatal car accident that took Christie's life and would forever change the lives of Sandy and countless other people who knew and loved Christie.

Only a few weeks ago Sandy knew exactly where she was going and who would be by her side when she got there. Now everything has changed for her.

As Sandy's friends and family, we all want to lend our support to her through this tragic time in any way we can. She needs our help. The car accident that took her true love and best friend also took her belongings, her car, her destination and her plans for the future. Because they were in the process of moving, Sandy had given up her home and her job and ultimately her security. In thinking about ways I could help ease my friend's pain, I decided that I could help in the most basic way possible, with a small monetary gift. Even as little as a $1000 can help ease some of the stress for Sandy in the weeks to come. Please join me in giving whatever you can to help our friend during her time of need.



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