Help Ashla Travel to San Francisco!

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We are crowdfunding for Ashla Rani, our friend, and a devoted palliative caregiver and disability rights advocate from Kerala, India. As a young software engineer, Ashla became quadraplegic after falling from a train. Through her strength, resilience, and wish to serve others, Ashla now works as Executive Assistant to Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, the father of Indian palliative care. She has become a growing voice for disability rights in India, writing for the Times of India and being honored with the Youth Icon Award of 2017. Ashla is also a trained counselor who supports and inspires patients and families at Pallium India's halfway home for people living with paralysis.

It is Ashla's dream and ours that she travel to the San Francisco Bay Area, USA in March 2018 alongside Dr. M.R. Rajagopal.

This journey would allow Ashla to speak on stage with two global luminaries of palliative care, Dr. Rajagopal and Dr. BJ Miller, who himself was seriously injured in a train accident as a young person, and who now provides palliative and hospice care. 

Visiting the Bay Area would also allow Ashla to engage with founding organizations of the disability rights movement in the United States. Having this dialogue holds promise for Ashla's future work and advocacy in India.

We are fundraising to support safe international travel, medical insurance, and mobility for Ashla and her mother, who helps with her care. 

Your generous contribution will help to make Ashla's dream a reality, allowing for a groundbreaking exchange of insights, and formation of new relationships and avenues for disability activism.

Lastly, it is Ashla's wish that if we either exceed or we do not reach our fundraising goal, remaining donations will go to Pallium India's halfway home, which provides rehabilitative care and vocational training for patients with spinal cord injuries and their families. 

Thank you so much for your support!
Sarah Schear (UCSF Medical Student, friend and colleague of Ashla's) 
Hetal Sheth (Indians for Collective Action, friend of Ashla's)
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Dear Supporters of Ashla's journey to San Francisco,

Thank you so much for your generous contributions to help Ashla come to San Francisco. We are so excited to share with you that Ashla WILL be coming to San Francisco!!

In addition to the generous donations through GoFundMe, a donor has agreed to sponsor Ashla and her mothers' roundtrip airfare. Between this sponsorship and the donations raised online, we have enough for Ashla's journey! The GoFundMe page will remain open, and any further donations collected will go to Pallium India's rehabilitative halfway home for people with spinal cord injuries.

You are all warmly invited to meet Ashla and Dr. Rajagopal when they are in the US! Below is the current schedule of speaking events in the Bay Area, which I will update as updates come!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 2:30 - 5:00 PM, at UCSF Cole Hall, 505 Parnassus Avenue: Dr. Raj, Dr. BJ Miller and Ashla in Conversation. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/is-the-future-of-medicine-in-the-past-in-conversation-with-dr-raj-tickets-43117923871?aff=es2

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 5:00 pm, Stanford University, Li Ka Shing Center – LK120, 291 Campus Drive, Palo Alto.

Monday, April 2, 2018, 6:30pm, CUPERTINO (SAN JOSE hosted by Pallium India USA. AMC CUPERTINO SQ 16, Vallco Shopping Mall Cupertino.

For more information on screening events near you, and visits from Dr. Rajagopal on the Hippocratic Film tour, please visit: http://hippocraticfilm.com/see-the-film/.

Thank you so much,
Sarah and the crowdfunding team

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Thank you so much for your generous support for bringing Ashla to the United States!!

To learn more about Ashla and her story, watch this short film about her from Moonshine Agency, makers of the film "Hippocratic"!
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