Our hearts go out to the Lal and Snyder families with the loss of their beloved Radhika in Minneapolis on July 4th, 2021. Radhika was a loving mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and medical doctor. She was warm and welcoming and brought a smile to everyone’s face - from her patients to her neighbors to her friends and family. She chose to spend her time with family and friends, putting others’ needs above her own. She tightened the bonds between her many friends and served as the glue in all of her networks from St. Benedict’s and St. John’s to Stanford University to the University of Minnesota, and then to her clinic in Minneapolis.
Radhika was born in New Delhi in 1982 and grew up in India. She came to the United States for undergraduate studies at the College of Saint Benedict in 1999. Smart as a whip and focused on her family, she graduated college with a double major in Economics and Computer Science with the intent of supporting her sisters’ education. She later moved to the Bay Area with her college sweetheart and husband, Seth, and quickly built communities at work and in school. She would have thrived in any field, but at 28 she decided that her job in technology was not fulfilling and decided to become a doctor.
To pursue medicine, she had to start from scratch in a post-bachelor’s pre-med program, taking organic chemistry and biochemistry classes to build up sufficient credits to apply to medical school. Radhika eventually returned home to Minnesota for medical school at the University of Minnesota. She chose medicine because she wanted to help people. Her determination and perseverance saw her through the intense next decade to become a doctor, always being her best self to her family and friends. As a doctor in Plymouth, she specialized in maternal and family health.
Her passing was sudden and comes as a shock to her friends and family whose grief is profound. Radhika leaves behind a loving and devoted husband and 2 beautiful children: a daughter who is 8 and a son who is 11 weeks old. She struggled with postpartum depression. With her passing, the family will face financial hardship. There will be expenses for memorial services, counseling, and other costs related to her death, and also an abrupt transition to a single-income household. Any funds not used for family needs will be directed to the children’s 529 plans. Let us lend a hand to her family so they can focus on what matters: mourning her loss, remembering all of the wonderful times they shared and starting the difficult journey forward.
This fundraiser has been approved by Radhika’s family. We are deeply grateful for any contribution you can make.
Radhika and her family have also been very deeply involved in the following organizations which shaped and influenced their life here in Minnesota. If you are so inclined you can consider a donation in her honor, to support one of these causes and organizations (links to all sites are forthcoming).
A) Camp Masala <https://www.campmasala.org> - This South Asian culture and history camp for families has been an annual summer tradition for the Snyder family, and we would love to see the camp flourish well into the future
B) Student Scholarship at Saint Benedict <https://www.csbsju.edu/csb-alumnae/give-saint-bens> - Radhika was passionate about her education at CSB/SJU and was discussing future sponsorship of student scholarships at St. Ben's.
From the link above click "Give Online Today" > Select the second circle for "other designation" > Scroll to the bottom of the pop-up and select "other - please specify designation" > click "continue" button > in the "Please specify what fund" box type "In Memory of Radhika Lal Snyder"
C) Mother/Baby Health and Postpartum depression support and research - Radhika was passionate about improving family health outcomes and community health equity, particularly for immigrant and refugee communities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. We are exploring partnerships with local providers, as well as the possibility of a new non-profit foundation.
D) Radhika Lal Snyder Postpartum Doula Sponsorship Program <https://ppsupportmn.org/doula-scholarship-program/> - The Pregnancy and Post Partum Support Minnesota group has set up a sponsorship program in Radhika's honor to support the emotional health needs of Minnesota families during the perinatal period. Their program provides up to 64 hours of in-home doula support for free to prevent future families from having to face the pain of loss that can result from untreated PMADs (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders).
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