A musician, Max currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. While he was living in Mumbai between 2009-2011 and studying under the great santoor maestro, Panditji Shivkumar Sharma, he was introduced to Jana Rakshita through one of its board members and a fellow musician – Priyadarshini. The special reason was that he played the Hammered Dulcimer, a soothing instrument, similar to a harp and had years of experience playing in hospice care, as well as playing for Musicians Without Borders; a NFP that brings musicians to NYC area hospitals.
“Seven-year old Sumedha had come to Jana Rakshita for help with the treatment of a cancerous tumor in her stomach. After treatment, the tumor showed signs of improvement, but after eight months or so, there was a relapse. This time it spread to her brain, and she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Surgery was successful, but within a month, the cancer relapsed. The cancer was shockingly aggressive, and by the time I met her, Sumedha was terminally ill.
After graduating in Management Studies, Rupal went on to earn a masters degree in Social Work.
Post that she worked for 4 years with NGOs including Revive Bombay Trust, Prerana and Pratham. She has been a trustee at Prerana since 2008. Today, she continues her work there along with volunteer work at several other NGOs, including Jana Rakshita.