Sandra Courtney


Sandra joined Rowan Tree Foundation in order to support others living through the loss of a much loved child.

Her son Ryan was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 after his birth, and lived for almost a year. Experiencing the surprise of his serious diagnosis, and then losing Ryan just before his first birthday, Sandra became connected with many parents who were, like her, learning to live this “new normal.”

Sandra feels passionately about being a resource to grieving parents, “being Ryan’s mom taught me so much about myself and what love and life means.  I feel my son touching my life daily, and reaching out to others living through the loss of their child is a way to honor the gifts he gave to me in his short time here.”  Sandra lives in Massachusetts with her husband Kevin and their daughter.