Resident thanks community for backyard oasis efforts

The transformation of Sandra Dougherty’s backyard is the result of a grassroots community effort to help during her struggle. (photo by Sandra Dougherty)

Resident thanks community for backyard oasis efforts

Scripps Ranch resident Sandra Dougherty, mother of two boys, has been through three bouts of cancer. In addition, her husband Robert “Bob” Dougherty died of pancreatic cancer in 2017. Sandra has done everything in her power to overcome her affliction while providing a normal home life for her sons.

In the meantime, the family’s backyard fell into disrepair, but fixing it was put on hold because of the overwhelming issues facing them. However, Maria Mikus, who has known Sandra for more than 30 years, began a grassroots community effort to help landscape the backyard.

These efforts have been a success and Sandra would like to thank everyone who played a part in helping her create a relaxing backyard for her to enjoy with her boys. The timing of the project was perfect since they are able to spend quality time enjoying it during quarantine.

Sandra was overwhelmed by all the folks who reached out to help donate their time and money to help her after all she has endured over the past few years.

A special shout out to:

• The Scripps Ranch High School basketball team and Coach Flint who helped clear all the dead plants and rocks. It was quite a workout.

• The Philanthropic Chicks of Scripps Ranch for allowing Sandra to share her story and raising money to help her cause.

• All the folks who contributed to the GoFundMe page.

• Bonnie Carlin of Signature Designs for drafting up the plan.

• Remcon Design Build for helping with the landscaping.

• Craig and Maryann Mohns for hours of consulting on types of trees to plant.

• Heather Holland, master gardener, who helped set up the garden they planted on the anniversary of Sandra’s husband Bob’s death.

• Debbie O’Leary of Coastal Garden Design for helping with the overall plan and tweaks to make it perfect.

Sandra’s health is continuing to improve and she hopes everyone is staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times.

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