Shraddha has been dancing since she was seven years old. Now a senior at Carmel High School, she recently danced at her Bharatanatyam Arangetram, a graduation ceremony denoting the successful completion of a series of nine classical Indian dances. Performed before family and friends, the dance conveys that she is ready for the next stage in her life. To prepare, Shraddha practiced for at least six hours per week for more than eight months.
Yet, this dedication and strong work ethic come as no surprise to those who know Shraddha, a National Merit Semifinalist and aspiring pediatric dentist or orthodontist. Nor does her generous heart, illustrated by the fact that, in lieu of gifts, she asked her nearly 400 guests to make a donation in support of Community Health Network’s young patients.
Her connection with Community’s work began earlier this year when she became a volunteer, giving of her time each Saturday from 12-4 p.m. in the pediatric unit at Community Hospital North. Over the months, her responsibilities have grown from helping with administrative work to spending time with families and siblings of patients in the playroom.
“I feel at home at Community,” she said. “The interactions I’ve had are positive. The nurses are giving, and everyone smiles and says hello. In addition to my time, I knew I wanted to give back in other ways.”
In total, Shraddha’s Bharatanatyam Arangetram raised more than $2,000 for Community’s pediatric patients. In the weeks following her performance, Shraddha visited the pediatric unit to present the funds she had raised to Community leaders.
“Shraddha is a fine example of our value of “Dedication”, and we are so grateful that she has chosen Community Hospital North as her partner in making a difference to others during their time of need,” said Kathy Krusie, President of Community’s North Region.