• Route: Sierra
  • Ride Year: 2022

About: I am a Plan II, Health & Society, and Neuroscience majors from Houston, TX. I was born in Mumbai, India, and raised in 7 countries on 4 continents. I love swimming, travelling with my family, and taking mid-afternoon naps.

Why I Ride

February 2019:

I come from a family of doctors in which education is valued above everything else. My nani performed the caesarean on my mother to deliver me in a small hospital in Mumbai, India. Her inspiring life story, and countless accomplishments in the face of adversity, makes her my role model. Last year, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Thankfully, her cancer was caught early, before it had left the thyroid capsule, and was removed with surgery. Growing up on the other side of the world from her, I’ve only had the opportunity to meet her a few times as a child and most of what I know and love about her comes from stories my mother told me. I wish I had spent more time with my nani when she was healthier but am so thankful that I got to spend time with her this past December when I went home to India for the first time after six years. Over the past year, she’s received radiation and recently found out that she is officially cancer-free! Without the scientific advancements of the past few decades and the knowledge to identify cancer in its early stages, I might not be lucky enough to still have my nani today. So I ride for knowledge in hope that more cases of cancer are caught in earlier stages. I ride so the money raised can go towards research that will allow other people to watch their loved ones recover and get another chance to spend time with the important people in their lives.