OHM CEO Story – Abhinav Krishna
In the summer of 2017, I was presented with the opportunity to participate in a life-changing AIDS/LifeCycle ride —not a race. The AIDS/LifeCycle raises significant funds to provide healthcare to those living with HIV/AIDS, and organises awareness drives/campaigns to prevent the spread of AIDS. Apart from raising funds, the program brings to light the problems faced by people with HIV/AIDS and also helps to remove the stigma from the disease, especially as it relates to the LGBTQ community, as well as, communities of color. Even before founding OurHealthMate, I was concerned with the limited healthcare available to people with HIV and wanted to change that. Therefore, this program struck a chord with me.
Every year the AIDS/LifeCycle raises more than $5 Million. And this year, not only would I be fortunate enough to contribute to this awe-inspiring event 2017 Lifecycle event but would also be able to take advantage of the incredible community that it fosters. Many people battling HIV/AIDS have described the experience as an isolating one: The ALC unites a community that supports them and proves to those fighting, that they too can live healthy, active, and meaningful lives. Remembering the mission and riding alongside these positive people inspired me to keep pedaling during the moments that I wanted to give up.
I found out about the ALC ride through my wife’s friend who had joined us at our barbecque to celebrate the completion of our San Francisco half marathon. We were exchanging stories about our past marathons, when my wife’s friend shared her experience preparing for the ALC ride. She also narrated stories of other people this had gone through the same experience. Out of all the conversations I had that day, this one kept replaying in my mind. I knew I had to experience this for myself. As a result, I decided to join the AIDS/LifeCycle ride in 2017. I want to take a moment to thank the amazing people at Box Inc who welcomed me on their team.
As part of the ride, I would have to cover a total of 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 7 days. A lot of training would be required to prepare for this monumental task. Therefore, for the next couple of weeks, I trained myself to ride for longer periods.
When the day of the event came around, I wore my helmet and prayed that I’d be able to complete the ride without any injuries, while raising as much money as I could for the cause. I was exhilarated to see people cheering for me daily and at every stop – a much-needed pick-me-up at a time when I was very tired. After crossing that finish line, I had this amazing smile on my face. The journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles was tiring, of course, but it was also amazing: I was able to enjoy California’s beautiful countryside, feel closer to nature, and share this wonderful experience with a great group of open minded people. Some of us were directly affected by HIV/AIDS, while some of us were supporters – but together, we uplifted a community and enacted change. It is people like the ones that I met on this journey, who help restore and reaffirm my faith in humanity. This experience has not only helped me personally as a biker but has also educated me about the trials of HIV/AIDS, and simultaneously, has enabled me to do something about it.
Founded in 2013, OurHealthMate provides users cost of 250,000 medical services offered by 28,000 doctors. They cater to both individuals and corporates. Their award-winning services are rooted in a three-pronged service strategy: care planning, execution and data-analytics. They cater to 200,000 employees who use their corporate platform.
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