Karishma is a third year Biology major and it is her third year in GlobeMed! She is currently the Director of Finance and will be the Director of Development next year! In addition to working with our organization she is also an intern at Mothers2Mothers, a local nonprofit that focuses on maternal health and the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.
I had the privilege to be raised by four parents—my mother, my father, my aunt, and my uncle. During my junior year of high school my aunt, who had become a second mother to me (I even call her mom), was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. My family and I experienced first hand the physical, emotional, and financial costs of such a disease. She was fortunate enough to have insurance, which covered the majority of her ever-increasing medical bills; however, her experience made us wonder about the people who weren’t as lucky. I’ve always aspired to be a doctor, and this dream is largely shaped by what my aunt always said—“If people can’t afford treatment, you should give it to them anyways.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but she instilled the meaning of global health equity in me before I truly understood it.
By my senior year of high school she had passed away, so coming to college was a stressful time for me. I began to look for outlets at my freshman year activities fair. Finding GlobeMed was inspiring— in the short span of time that I stood at the table and talked to my future Finances Director, I realized that I had found an organization of like-minded individuals. Here were people who also didn’t understand why some lives seemed to matter more than others. GlobeMed was working to make the idea of global health equity a reality. Not only did I learn more about health disparities around the world, I finally realized what my mom meant. I found some of my greatest friends through this organization—they are strong, smart, passionate individuals that have taught me more about myself than I could have ever imagined. My mother taught me a lot of great lessons: love unconditionally, never to judge, and always remember to laugh. But even more than that, she taught me that global health equity can be made a reality by individuals like us.