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Sandy Wiley (aka Sandy Armstrong) is a 52-year-old woman who is extremely ill. For the last 18 years, she has been dealing with cardiomyopathy. Prior to her diagnosis, she was active and healthy and never smoked. Sandy was told two years ago that her only hope for a healthy life would be a heart transplant, and as a result, she has been on the active heart transplant list for two years. Her health continues to decline and she is currently a Status 1B. Sandy now receives intravenous cardiac medications 24/7, directly into her right ventricle, via an IV port in her chest. Sandy not only needs a heart – she needs our help.

Sandy has always enjoyed pretty much any outside activity: camping, working in the yard, motorcycling (dirt and street) and fishing (catching, someone else gets to clean them!). From Eugene, OR, she attended Willamette H.S., playing softball, basketball and soccer. After graduation, she enlisted in the Army, was stationed in Germany where she met her husband, Marty, at a rodeo – they have two daughters and two grandchildren. After the Army, Sandy held several different jobs before spending 10 years at Dell, Inc. Due to her worsening condition she had to take disability and limit her activities. Anyone who knows my sister, knows how hard that has been for her. Sandy eagerly looks forward to being able to return to work and get back to living — her family is committed to seeing her through this transplant.

Updates (10)

December 23, 2016

My younger daughter Sonja had this shirt made for me for my birthday today. It says heart donor recipient and has a heart with a shadow (can just make it out if you squint) that makes it look like a heart symbol.

December 23, 2016

A week ago I turned 8 months post transplant!

Today was my 53rd birthday and because another person donated their heart I was here to celebrate!.

I had lunch at a really cool place called "Scratch Elemental Bistro in Killeen, Texas with my younger daughter and dinner at Louisiana Longhorn Cafe in Round Rock with my husband. He also took me to see sing at Flix Brewhouse. It is a fun movie to watch.

Last Tuesday I had my 13th biopsy and still no rejection. Just 3 left and I will have made it through my first year.

Now down to the business of all things medical. Even with insurance it is quite expensive to be a transplant patient. With the biopsies and medication it just gets difficult. My husband is also going through some tough medical stuff so we are having trouble paying the bills.

We appreciate any help you can give and if you have already given, thank you very much. Please share this with your friends and family. Thanks, Sandy


April 17, 2016

Congratulations! Keep your chin and your spirits up. You're a miracle! xoxo

the Glitter Queen

April 17, 2016

You're in our thoughts and may you have a full and speedy recovery! Live.Love.Laugh ❤

Lori Downs

April 17, 2016

Love for you from Connecticut. May you recover quickly and heal strong!

The Riveras