BENEFITING: BROOKLYN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
In honor of Ashish Patil, who passed away on March 16, 2014 at the age of 27 after a nine-month battle with metastatic sarcoma, we have chosen to direct all fundraising efforts towards establishing an endowed prize in his name at Vassar College, as well as to research through The Sarcoma Foundation. Through an endowed prize at Vassar, we hope to honor future students who, much like Ashish, exemplify excellence in interdisciplinary studies. Ashish was a remarkable young man and embodied what it meant to be a well-rounded and dedicated student.
Ashish was dedicated to his intellectual growth and took the time to appreciate the communities that he became a part of. He majored in History at Vassar College while taking a number of courses in psychology. During his time at Vassar, he was awarded a Vassar College Ford Scholars Fellowship to engage in collaborative scholarship with faculty from the History Department by helping them create a new course on The History of India. After finishing his undergraduate studies in 2008, he went on to complete a post-baccalaureate program in pre-medical and advanced sciences at Harvard. Because of his dedication to medical science, he was awarded entrance into medical school for the fall of 2013 at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, but could not begin because of his illness.
Ashish was also an avid athlete. From the age of 6, he began playing tennis. Progressing to a national-level athlete during high school, he was recruited by many colleges but ultimately decided on Vassar. He was a four-year letter winner and captain of the men’s tennis team in his senior year. Ashish was awarded Vassar College’s Frances Fergusson Coaches’ Award in 2008 as the athlete who best exemplified academic achievement, athletic ability, team spirit, and leadership. After college, he became an avid runner, completing 5Ks and running regularly to relieve stress and stay fit.
In June of 2013, Ashish was diagnosed with Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma, a rare soft tissue sarcoma in his right calf which had already spread to his lungs and brain. After entering a clinical trial at the National Institute of Health, he underwent two cycles of experimental chemotherapy, numerous courses of brain radiation, and brain radiation surgery with no regression of the disease. Ashish fought bravely in the face of adversity and continued on for 9 months with optimism, even on days when he could barely muster up enough energy to speak. Though he lost the physical battle to sarcoma, his mental and spiritual bravery through his experience serve as an inspirational message for those who witnessed his journey.
Ashish was a beloved son, brother, and friend. His loss has been felt heavily in the hearts of all who knew him. In remembrance of his spirit and passion for life and education, we are honored to be able to raise money to help keep his name alive. Through the endowed prize, we are promising to never forget Ashish and to honor his memory by honoring students who embody his intellectual curiosity and reverence for interdisciplinary study.
Donations received through Crowdrise will be deposited to a donor advised fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation, and Ashish's family will then direct contributions to Vassar College and The Sarcoma Foundation. All donations made through this site are tax-deductible and you will receive an email acknowledgement letter for your personal records. Thank you for your support.