Sandy Manuel


Sandra resides in Tiverton, Rhode Island. She is the mother of two adult children, and recently welcomed her first grandchild.

Having a career in healthcare/medical practice management for 16 years, Sandy has experienced patient advocacy from multiple views.

In June 2014, her husband Bruce was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. Through guidance from his oncologist and TCF they together chose clinical trials as his first course of treatment. He immediately consented to comprehensive genomic profiling of his tumor. Those results offered an opportunity to participate in a targeted therapy trial resulting in stabilizing the disease allowing him to enjoy precious time with his family.

Bruce lost his battle in January 2018 but Sandy has remained passionate about patient advocacy. She is dedicated to helping other families like theirs to navigate the difficult journey a rare cancer diagnosis presents.

“Advocating is not a burden to carry but an honor to bear!” ~SJM