Rest in Peace, Sister Khushbu Keti

Dear Sisters,

It is with tremendous grief that we share the loss of another beautiful sister. On December 2nd, 2017, Khushbu Kheti, Sister Rapture #3 of the Xi Class of the Gamma Chapter lost her long fight to cancer. In May of 2016, she was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the pancreas which spread to the liver. She fought with everything she had, and did so with grace and beauty. Even while going through this difficult journey, Khushbu remained positive trying to live her life to the fullest, and ensuring her loved ones did as well. She was an amazing individual with so much courage, strength, and compassion for the people in her life. Since she’s crossed into the sisterhood on January 18, 2007, Khushbu has given so much back to her sisters and our sorority through her leadership in the Gamma Chapter, National Council, and Drexel University, where a Greek Week Spirit Award was named after her.

We wanted to share a few articles with you about Khushbu:
My Story: Diagnosis and Battle
People.com: Television Survivors Meet Real Pancreatic Cancer Survivors at Walk to Raise Money to Fight the Disease

Gamma Chapter will be hosting a Vigil at Drexel University, and on behalf of National Council, we would like to request that in loving memory, our nationwide chapters and colonies do the same.

On behalf of the sisterhood, we would like to create a Virtual Scrapbook to commemorate the life of such an inspirational woman. I would like to request that you send us a short video clip, voice memo, or a written statement of how Khushbu has made an impact to your life. You can email your statement to me at president@deltaphiomega.org by December 8, 2017. We will combine the statements into a single video and pass it along to Khushbu’s friends, family and social media.

Please know that if you need sisters to talk to, National Leadership is always here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Please find below information on services in honor of Khushbu in the upcoming days:

Funeral Services
Monday, December 4th, 2017 9 am – 11 am
Franklin Memorial Park: 1800 Rt. 27, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Pooja / Prayers
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 4 pm – 6 pm
Hindu Samaj Temple: 247 W Ramapo Ave, Mahwah, NJ 07430

The following note is from the sisters of Gamma Chapter:

It’s very difficult watching one of the strongest, most dynamic people go through something like this; but it’s the strength and love for life that she embodied that pushed her to fight this long. Although many of us are in pain and grieving over the loss of a loved one, we know that Khushbu is in a better place now and will always be watching over us. Khushbu was a hero and a warrior, and an inspiration to every single one of us, and now will be remembered through the memories we share with her and the legacy she left behind. Khushbu will forever be in our hearts and has taught us to be better, laugh harder, and find something beautiful in every single day. We will miss you dearly Khushbu Kheti!

When Kammini passed, Khushbu sent this to Gamma:

“They say when someone leaves this Earth, they leave pieces of themselves with those they loved. Mini, thanks for leaving your strength with your sisters, we wouldn’t have been able to make it without it <3 love you.”

Khushbu, you showed us what it means to be strong even when it’s the most difficult. Thank you for leaving your strength with us along with all the amazing memories we can remember you by. Losing someone that you share such an important part of your life with is a pain unlike any other, and there aren’t many words to take away that pain. Take this time to cherish our sisterhood and to be a hand for support for the sisters we call our family and home away from home. Khushbu would want to be remembered for the positivity that she spread with her amazing spirit. Khushbu may be gone, but she will never be forgotten. She helped make Gamma and our national sisterhood what it is today, and we hope that we continue to make her proud in the years coming. We hope that your soul will forever rest in peace. Stay strong sisters, we will get through this. We have two angels watching over us now. 💜

Parina Patel
National President​

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