Nitin ’03 and Christina Sekhri ’05 founded, organized and led the first Manhattan College trips to Camp Reynal — the precursor to a summer Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L.O.V.E.) trip.
“It all started over dissecting a pig,” laughs Christina Sekhri (Hickey) ’05, who met her husband, Nitin ’03, during an intro-level biology class at Manhattan College.
Aside from sharing an interest in the sciences — he’s now an anesthesiologist, she’s a toxicologist — the pair bonded over their passion for giving back.
As undergrads, the two Lasallian Collegians brushed shoulders at toy drives, on food runs with Gods Love We Deliver and at POTS soup kitchen in the Bronx.
“It was a huge part of college and played a role in shaping our career paths and the future,” says Nitin, who was inspired to put his own spin on service after a Habitat for Humanity trip to West Virginia.
During his senior year, Nitin’s interest in medical school peaked and he initiated a new outreach trip that would allow students to help sick children. He founded and led Manhattan College’s first trip to Camp Reynal in Texas, a summer camp experience for children with kidney disease. Christina led the trip in its second year.
“I still feel that those who go get more out of it than the kids. It’s remarkable,” Nitin says, ecstatic that the trip has now blossomed into the College’s annual summer Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L.O.V.E.) excursion.
In November of 2009, wedding bells rang for the happy couple at a place close to both of their hearts — the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers.
Their desire to give back continued off-campus when Nitin traveled to Haiti after the country’s 2010 earthquake to aid victims with orthopedic injuries. He also helped run a free clinic in the Bronx during medical school, and after Hurricane Sandy, Nitin was first on the scene with the Medical Reserve Corps. Putting her expertise to good use, Christina regularly donates her time to the continuing education program at the Society of Toxicology.
And although free time is especially rare these days — the couple welcomed their first child, Victoria, on Aug. 29, 2012 — these Jaspers couldn’t be happier.
“Parenthood is really fantastic,” Nitin says. “There’s more laughter in life.”