RIP Kandis “Cookie” Ruiz

We’re pausing our social media and any posts to the website through the weekend in honor of the passing of Kandis “Cookie” Ruiz. Kandis was an early lover of our site & she told everyone she met about us. You’d often find her at events handing out shirts, stickers & evangelizing us.

Personally, we watched her grow in the sport of rugby from a young athlete to a mature experienced player. We were also lucky enough to play alongside her, coach & call her a friend. She loved to play but will be remembered for her love of life off the pitch the most. #withyou

We started a collection of our favorite photos, if you have any to add, send them to

Learn more about Kandis’ battle through and how you can support her family through her Caringbridge site.

As a reminder, here are additional ways for you to celebrate Kandis:
Donate to Kyliana’s college fund – send paper checks made out to Kittery Ruiz to the following address: 1836 S Ironton St, Aurora, CO 80012. You can put in the memo the purpose of the check. Also, if you want to share a special memory or card, please consider sending that along with your check.
Share video messages, photos etc with Kittery and family – upload them to 
In lieu of floral arrangements – donate to the following non-profits in Kandis’ honor:
Wounded Warrior Charitable Organization – Please contact their Program Manager, Mr. Willie Jordan by phone (703-853-0098) or email ( to donate to the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment
Colorectal Cancer Alliance –

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