Skip to content
katiechapman's profile image - click for profile

Katie McGlynn's Fundraiser:

Ravi Thackurdeen Memorial Fund

Katie's Photo

BENEFITING: SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

EVENT: 2012 ING New York City Marathon - $1 Mil a Mile

EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012

Katie McGlynn

THE STORY:

On April 29th, the world lost a great friend, boyfriend, brother, son, and inspiration to many.  For those of you who didn't know Ravi Thackurdeen, he was truly an inspiration to everyone who met him.  He had an undying passion to make the world a better place and it is a tragedy that he will not be able to further what he had already accomplished himself.  In an effort to continue Ravi's impact, Swarthmore has established a memorial fund to serve as a permanent tribute to Ravi and a lasting reminder of how he enriched the communities in which he was involved.

Ravi had a passion for public health and ethno biology and during the spring semester of his Sophomore year at Swarthmore, he participated in a study abroad program through Duke University's Global Health Program in Cost Rica.  During the short few months that Ravi spent in Costa Rica, he conducted surveys in the Ngobe Territory, studying and testing the types of wood used for cooking.  The research along with a flyer in Spanish was presented on April 25th, 2012.  The Spanish brochure is now in the hands of UNICEF where it's being translated into the Ngobere language and will then be distributed back into the community this fall.  The project will call attention to the public health problem of cooking smoke and lead to changes in the cooking practices of the Ngobe community.  The translated research will be the first book to be placed in the a new library in the indigenous territory.  This is just one example of the impact Ravi had already made on the world at such a young age.

For me, Ravi was an amazing addition to the McGlynn family.  He was always generous, had an undying curiosity to know all he could about any topic we discussed and most importantly, brought much happiness to my sister, Cailin.  I will do my best to embody Ravi's passion for life and compassion for others.  I also hope that this scholarship will help to inspire others in the Swarthmore Community to embody Ravi's compassion, wisdom, selflessness, and commitment to serve his community.

In the words of his brother, Sean, and sister, Savita, "Ravi led his life based on the simple truth that real wealth came from loving all people, and seeing the goodness in them."

$6,752

MONEY RAISED
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • Katie Chapman

    $100

  • Dan & Pat Christoph

    $100

  • Brian Simmons

    $100

  • Julie and Pat

    $100

  • Aunty Pam , Uncle David, Priya, Vesh

    $100

  • Doug and Sharon Chapman

    $50

  • Peter Olmsted

    $50

  • Doreen and Eric

    $100

  • Ted & Alison

    $100

  • Michael Breed

    $100

  • Alina Khaykin

    $50

  • Anthony Sibilia

    $50

  • Abhi Rajendran

    $50

  • Aunty Indira & Surina Rachel Singh

    $100

  • Marlene,Ian, Cameron and Celine

    $50

  • Katie and Jason Wechsler

    $50

  • Sarah Hartmann

    $100

  • Talia & Lawrence

    $100

  • Matt Davis

    $50

  • Charlie Balancia

    $100

  • Dana, Jason & Reese

    $100

  • Elizabeth

     

  • Tara Downs

    $50

  • Amy, AJ, Alex

    $100

  • Bruce & Pat Whipple

    $50

  • Mike and Marge Cunningham

    $50

  • Pat Martin

    $100

  • Ann Harris

    $25

  • Jill Andres

    $25

  • Tony Leonardo

    $100

  • Mi

    $30

  • Jennifer Méndez

    $200

  • Lavani & Divya Dindial

    $100

  • Meredith Adamo

    $100

  • Cheri and John Allen

    $50

  • Natasha, Bruce, Sydney & Sebastian Leardi

    $60

  • Priya Johnson

    $30

  • Patricia Vargas

    $100

  • Kelly, Zack, Riley and Grayson

    $50

  • The Festa Family

    $100

  • Cousin Hemant Khodai & Cousin Surina

    $50

  • Anthony Misiano

    $50

  • Sabrina Seminaro

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Michael and Harmony Christoph

    $100

  • Chipp and Fan

    $50

  • Karen, Andy and Ryan Kelso

    $50

  • Sharon Grant

    $25

  • Charlee Corra

    $100

  • Sheri Disney

     

  • Michael Ortiz

    $40

  • Jon Kochavi

    $50

  • Dr. Riaz A. Chaudhry

    $200

  • Miguel Bernadin

    $140

  • Terrence Srikishun

     

  • Hannah Friedman and Family

     

  • Chris, Michelle, Hannah & Nico Hodgkiss

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Brie Barnett

    $30

  • Emily Barr

     

  • Kevin Swanson

     

  • Pars, Aunty Baby, Vana, Veda & the rest of the family

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Grandpa and Andrea

    $100

  • Uncle B, Kay, Cody

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ran Y. Rubinstein, MD

    $250

  • Stephanie and Terri Bagatta

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Greg and Amy

    $100

  • Jason Kelly and Jackie

    $100

  • Jack and Dee Porzio

    $50

  • Melody Festa

    $100

  • donald

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Darren & Michelle

    $30

  • Aakash Suchak & Nina Pelaez

    $50

  • Sandra Dinnoo

    $200

  • Kate Casa

    $100

  •  
  •  
  •  
 

135% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Kate Casa

Kate Casa

DONATION: $100

In memory and tribute to a wonderful young man 4 years ago

Sandra Dinnoo

Sandra Dinnoo

DONATION: $200

We Love You Rav...you are an inspiration to us all. 4 years ago

Aakash Suchak & Nina Pelaez

Aakash Suchak & Nina Pelaez

DONATION: $50

In loving memory 4 years ago

Darren & Michelle

Darren & Michelle

DONATION: $30

We miss you dearly Ravi. Your beautiful mind and heart warming smile will always be remembered. 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

donald

donald

DONATION: $500

Rest in Peace Watch over your family Katie many are with you , 4 years ago

Melody Festa

Melody Festa

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Jack and Dee Porzio

Jack and Dee Porzio

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Jason Kelly and Jackie

Jason Kelly and Jackie

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Greg and Amy

Greg and Amy

DONATION: $100

4 years ago