Hey Mamas, I’m Raakhee. I’m a writer, editor and Hoboken mother. I’m super involved in the community, know all my favorite local business owners by name (and their kid’s names, and their life story, let’s be honest) and love everything about living and raising a daughter in the Mile Square.
My husband Agan and I have gotten to know the incredible generosity of our community firsthand. Four years ago, before her 1st birthday, our daughter was diagnosed with cancer. She was a cancer survivor before her first birthday. And since then, we’ve worked to raise awareness and money for the other children and families battling pediatric cancer.
You might have seen us outside Choc o pain with our jar, or inside Athleta trying to shake a few bucks loose from customers. (Our fundraising efforts have also been championed by the incredible teams at Little City Books, Hudson River Fitness, Tony Boloney's, Baking Mama, Hoboken Little School, Hoboken Smile Specialists, Prime Time Early Learning Center and, of course, Little Hoboken.) This year Mayor Zimmer even issued a proclamation declaring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Hoboken. Together with our friends, family and the Hoboken community we’ve raised over $200,000 for the Tomorrows Children’s Fund and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and we’re not stopping.
This week, Agan, Satya and I are heading down to St. Jude in Memphis - I’m running the ½ marathon and Satya will be tackling the kid’s marathon. (It’s just a mile, don’t worry, I’m not a total monster). But I’m so excited to share this experience with her. It’s actually why I’m so excited to be Little Hoboken’s newly minted “Crusader Mom”. I’m always thinking about ways I can get Satya involved in her community, things she can do, that she will like, that will connect her to the people around her. Sometimes we make cards for kids in the hospital or cards for soldiers stationed overseas. Other times we fulfill wishlists for kids who need books, coats or toys. It’s become a way for us to bond with each other and tighten our bond with our neighbors. Since it’s #GivingTuesday, here’s a great way to involve your kids in some acts of kindness today. (I’m the EIC of Moneyish - the story is legit!)