As news of America's first woman on space Sally Ride's death spread like wildfire, many expressed their support to her grieving family members including Tam O'Shaughnessy her partner of 27 years.

Sally Ride, 61, succumbed to pancreatic cancer, against which she fought a 17-month battle, says a press release statement issued by the Sally Ride Science Foundation.

Throughout her fight against the dreaded ailment, Tam was by her side providing strength to the first woman astronaut inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame.

Tam O'Shaughnessy, an accomplished Professor Emerita of School Psychology at San Diego State University, is also Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Sally Ride's Foundation.

Besides, Sally is survived by her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin; and her nephew, Whitney.

As the world mourns the death of a woman who was a pioneer in space study and travel, those of you, who are interested in contributing to the cause against pancreatic cancer can donate here.