‘We realized how natural a path
hyper. Every minute he had to be doing something. You
never saw him sit down and relax or lying down and doing
nothing. He had to read or do something or the other.”
When it came time to go to medical school, Raj, once
again, exhibited his unique
approach to life.
Raj excelled in school, winning Michigan state’s Debate Championship
— a first for his school — played varsity tennis and participated in various
other programs while maintaining excellent academic achievements.
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Raj and Ami Shah. Their parents say that in every major decision, they
would consult each other and stand by each other.
He had convinced his parents.
“We realized how natural a path public service was for
him,” says his mother. “It was this desire to serve people
that led him to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
where he was instrumental in developing plans and funds
to ensure that millions of children in the developing world,
had access to life-saving vaccines and adequate food and
She recalls “Raj telling me in Seattle, how happy he was
in what he was doing, and how with his effort, millions of
children would be saved. I was so touched and so very
proud of him and can still remember my telling him, ‘Beta
(the Hindi word for son), I hope you write a book about all
of this someday.’”
In all of this, Raj’s steadiest supporter was his younger
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