Neil was a remarkable young man who lived life’s moments to their fullest. His presence impacted, and changed for the better, all those who were fortunate enough to be in his company.
Even though life is often measured in years, with Neil it is more fitting to measure it in terms of his accomplishments. After graduating from Clovis West High School in 2003, he went on to attend the University of California, Irvine, and received a degree in Psychology in 2008. While at U.C. Irvine he was a member of the Crew team, a researcher in the Brain Imaging Center, and a great friend to all his classmates. His success at U.C. Irvine included receiving a patent for MEFWAY, and being awarded a 1st place prize at the Young Investigators Award by the Society of Nuclear Medicine, in Toronto. He continued his academic pursuits as a Fulbright Scholar, attending the Karolinska Institute where he continued his research in brain imaging. Soon after, he attended the University of Cambridge, in England, on a full scholarship.
Neil accomplished a lot in his life, and always lived every moment to its fullest. Along with his academic accomplishments he will be remembered for touching people’s hearts, for always helping others, and for living compassionately. He was a phenomenal athlete, a great human being and enjoyed playing every sport. He loved tennis, crew, biking, running, soccer, floor ball, hiking, and mountain climbing.
He wanted to travel to India to learn yoga, meditation, Hindi, and to live with family and friends. Fortunately he was able to do all of this which is where he finally found his peace. He accomplished more in his 26 years than some do in 100 years. He reached the end of his journey in India, having found what he was looking for.
Neil’s life was splendid but was tragically cut short while running a race in Gurgaon near Delhi, India. During the race he suffered heat stroke and rhabdomyolysis (muscle break down) and did not receive immediate medical attention which compounded the severity of these problems. He was ultimately taken to Max Hospital in Saket, Delhi where he was treated for Kidney and Liver failure along with severe muscle break down. Neil spent 32 days in the medical ICU fighting for his life finally succumbing to hospital-acquired infections. Neil once said running is my religion and he died for his religion.
Through this foundation we want to continue Neil’s legacy by helping those in need, and improving the quality of life of for people.