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September 25, 2020

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September 22, 2020

Below is the link to a story that CBS 11 did on Sarmistha and the family today. The video was aired at 5:00 pm news. The video is embedded in the article. 



September 17, 2020

thanks to some generous donations in the last couple of days, we have reached our goal of $50,000 donation. In fact, we have a few hundred dollar extra. I plan to use this extra money towards funding a Memorial Bench that we are working with City of Plano that will be installed on the Chisolm trail in Sarmisthas memory. 



September 15, 2020

I wanted to give an update on the funds we raised through GoFundMe. Our goal was $50,000 and we have raised $48,535. After GoFundMe transaction fee of 3.3% the net proceed is around $47,000. I have commitment for additional $2,000 bringing the total to $49,000. I am hoping we can generate an additional $1,000 in next 7 days. 

Here is the GoFundMe Link


I will be matching the donation and donate $50,000 to bring the total fund to $100,000. 

We have decided to donate the entire amount to UT Southwestern Medical Center. UT Southwestern medical center will be contributing an additional $400,000 and create a $500,000 endowment fund in Sarmisthas name. The income from the endowment will be used to support Clinical Research in radiation oncology in perpetuity allowing us to honor Sarmisthas memory forever.

We also plan to organize an annual memorial walk/run honoring Sarmisthas life and plan to raise additional funds yearly that can be donated towards the endowment. 

Below is the details of the endowment fund. 


The Sarmistha Sen Chair in Radiation Oncology Clinical Research will be established in memory of Sarmistha Sen to support the clinical research activities that she was so passionate about and to which she dedicated her career. This endowed fund will be invested to generate annual income in perpetuity to support clinical research in the Department of Radiation Oncology. The Chair will be held by a senior faculty member in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern, and funds generated by the chair will advance important clinical research efforts that will have the potential of transforming the care of cancer patients.

Once the holder of the chair is selected, we will provide an annual endowment report outlining how the interest on the endowment has been used to advance clinical research activities.  Additionally, the faculty holder of the Chair will carry the title Sarmistha Sen Chair in Radiation Oncology Clinical Research, which will appear on her/his web page, letterhead, business cards, etc.

The endowment shall never become a part of the Permanent University Fund, the Available University Fund or the General Fund of the State of Texas, and shall never be subject to appropriation by the Legislature of the State of Texas.  These funds and all future gift additions to the endowment, including re-investments shall be subject to the provisions of this agreement and shall be classified as permanent endowment funds.   


August 24, 2020

Neil has added an introduction to his moms remembrance video



August 10, 2020

below is the text of the speech my elder son Neil delivered at his mothers funeral. Neil wrote the entire speech himself without any help from anyone. 


Hello I am Sarmistha’s oldest son. My mom stood for many things. One of these was she loved nature. I remember how she would spend hours in the garden doing the boring things. Because my mom always knew that if she did the hard work she would get a little bit of joy and she thought the work was worth it because as she said 95 percent of life is hard work and that other 5 percent is the fun but you can’t have the fun without the hard work. Another thing she stood for was health. She could have just spent 5 minutes preparing a meal that was super unhealthy but no she would spend an hour every meal to make sure I got all the nutrition I needed. But that didn’t mean she didn’t give me some unhealthy food. Because another thing she would say is you also need food for the soul not just your body. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t be even playing any sports, instruments, or be in scout because she always pushed me to be better. Another thing was she always thought selflessly she would never watch any tv because she would use that time to help me or Ryan or call our grandma who lives all the way in India. If I named all of the good things about her she would be very mad because of her very humble self she would never brag or tell that something is bad. She would appreciate it no matter what. I can’t name all of her good traits because we’d be here all day, but there is one trait that I will never forget. That is her love for her family. She would always try to find the small snippets of time to spend with us. That is the one thing big I will definitely learn from her because you never know what you have until you lose it. Now I regret not spending as much time as possible with my mom. And I feel everyone should learn this that put family first because you only get one of them. You can’t just get a new family. You can make new friends but you can’t make a new family. So put everything aside and always try to spend as much time as you can with your family. My mom would want you to do that and now I do too. A couple of big memories I have is the first time I cooked with her. I only did a little bit but at the time it felt like a lot. Now I look back and think I thought that was a lot. Wow I was really bad at cooking. But nowadays since my mom taught me how to cook I can cook my own food. Another memory I have is when I helped in the garden for the first time. The first thing she told me to do was to pull out the weeds and I didn’t want to do it but my mom told me once I was done we would start planting but she told me not to try to do it on one day. But I did and for the next few days I was super sore. I learned my lesson after that. Those are just some of the big memories I have. Most of my memories are held here. In my heart. And I bet all of you have memories so make sure to keep those memories and cherish them.


August 6, 2020

The funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Aug 8 at Allen Family Funeral Options at Plano. The address is 2112 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023.

Public visitation is scheduled from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

There is no dress code but please avoid wearing anything black.

Please note that mask and social distancing is mandatory.

No cellphones inside funeral home. If you must bring it, please silence it.

The event will be live streamed and can be watch live or recorded for up to 30 days.

Please visit funeral home website to view more details including Sarmisthas remembrance video and live streaming information.



August 6, 2020

A memorial walk/run has been organized this Saturday, August 8, 2020 in honor of Sarmistha Sen. 

Participants will meet at Jack Carter Park located at 2800 Maumelle Drive, Plano, Texas. The walk/run will start at 6:30 am and end at the site near Legacy and Marchman.

Please wear mask and practice social distancing.