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Varsha Ramachandran

Varsha Ramachandran

Golf is a game that exemplifies the spirit of giving and I am so blessed to be a part of this most wonderful game. My hope is to use this game of golf that I so love to raise money for The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

I am raising money for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (pulmonaryfibrosis.org) in memory of my grandfather Krishnamurthy who passed away from this disease.

Throughout my life, my grandfather has always been someone I look up to. He was calm and collected and his “glow” resonated and filled the people around him with life. My grandpa was a dedicated, loyal person; there was not a single day where he did not take me to golf practices or class. 2019 was not my best year: I was having a difficult time changing schools, and my grandfather was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.
(Pulmonary fibrosis is a life threatening disease which, essentially, “scars,” the lungs.). Just in 2016, he was caddying me in hundred degree heat and lifting weights. My grandfather was one of the healthiest and athletic people I know; how could someone in such good condition now be in such a position? Initially, I pushed it off and tried not to think much of it because life was not changing much and carried on as usual. It was not until summer when I realized how dire the situation was. In August, my grandfather came to my last US kids golf world championships. During my practice round, my grandfather was taken to the ER. He ended up being put on a ventilator, and we were told he only had a few days to live. I remember being so baffled that I was unable to cry; everything was happening so fast. After two weeks, my grandfather passed away. I knew that dwelling over past instances will get me nowhere, so instead I looked towards the future. Before my grandfather's passing, lung diseases, or diseases in general, were never something I found to be a problem; I was never really aware of them. After his death I realized how short life was and that diseases can make life take a drastic turn. Pulmonary diseases, especially, worried me for their spontaneous occurrences, and that worry was elevated with the onset of COVID that affected the lungs directly. In many ways my grandfather’s death made me more aware of what was happening around me.I have now started a campaign for people with pulmonary fibrosis, and closely working with the pulmonary fibrosis foundation to raise money for the organization and also encourage people I meet to stop smoking and limit their exposure to asbestos. I hope to make the world a better place in my own little way by helping to spread the awareness of pulmonary fibrosis and bring more support to the families suffering from it.

Your dollars will not only support the funding of Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, but also will impact other junior golfers as well through the ACE Grant program. Your contributions will help talented junior golfers with a desire to better their life through playing junior golf and earning a college golf scholarship. These juniors lack the financial resources to compete at the national level to gain exposure to these scholarships. They need our help as well. The scholarships these juniors earn through their play change the course of their life and the life of their future family.

My goal is to raise $500. Would you consider making a donation and making a difference?

There are two ways to contribute

·       You can make a one-time donation with your credit card by clicking leadershiplinks.org/varsha?donate=true.

·       You may also send a check to the American Junior Golf Association and make sure to include my name in the memo section. Please mail to:

AJGA – Leadership Links
1980 Sports Club Drive
Braselton, GA 30517

Thank you in advance for any support you can lend.

Sincerely,

Varsha Ramachandran

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