Chaudhri gathered unprecedented support for her student award by signing up for Shuffle 32, Concordia’s annual walkathon, pledging to walk the palliative care ward for as long as she could. “Your donations and love are giving me wings,” she tweeted.
Chaudhri’s cause raised over $615,000 from a record 8,600 donors.
“Nadia was a force of nature. She was an incredibly talented researcher with a passion for teaching and student success matched only by her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Concordia President Graham Carr.
“She enriched us. Our entire community grieves her death and offers deeply heartfelt condolences to her son, Reza, and husband, Moni — whom she lovingly called her Sun and Moon — her family, friends, colleagues and the thousands of supporters to the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award who embraced her cause.”
Chaudhri openly shared her story on Twitter and with media to advocate for better screening for ovarian cancer, as well as for increased funding for research and treatment.
In recognition of Chaudhri's efforts, Liberal MNA Jennifer Maccarone dedicated the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec in her honour on October 5. The medal will be presented to Chaudhri's family.
From Pakistan to Concordia
Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, Chaudhri left her home at the age of 17 with just two suitcases in hand to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania — with a full scholarship to cover her yearly $31,000 USD tuition, room and board.
Chaudhri became the first woman to receive the college’s Williamson Medal, awarded to a member of the senior class for their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement.
She earned her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and then became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of San Francisco.