NATF would like to dedicate this issue of The Beat to Rajan Laddu. Rajan passed away on November 8, 2020 after suffering a massive pulmonary embolism (PE). Rajan had several PEs over the years and was actively involved with NATF. He worked tirelessly to promote blood clot awareness within his community, serving as a patient advocate and establishing the Global Thrombosis Forum (GTF) with his grandfather, Dr. Atul Laddu.

Throughout his life, Rajan faced physical health challenges and became determined to help others by going into the healthcare field. He graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis and was in his first year of podiatry school at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. He had a passion for ancient Latin and Greek studies, film, music (especially classic rock), and writing poetry.

Rajan will be deeply missed by everyone in the NATF community.

*Originally published in The Beat – December 2020. Read the full newsletter here.