Vidya has built a community of her own through her Ride for Roswell team. But, in 2023, the weekend event posed a conflict. The Ride fell on the same day as her high school graduation.
Her team, which included several other high school seniors, decided they still wanted to be involved even if they couldn’t participate in the traditional way. So, Vidya got right to work.
With the help of her family, she planned a separate ride for the following Sunday. It was a 10-mile route to Ellicott Creek Trailway Park.
“I think what exceeded all expectations was last year we had our biggest team yet with almost 36 members. And what surprised me was, over the years, I had teachers who had initially reached out about just donating, and this year they were saying, ‘Hey, I want to ride.’”
To recreate some of the Ride Day elements, parents of the riders followed along with their cars, and at the rest stops along the way, they supplied snacks and drinks and cheered on the team.
“That really helped make it a little bit closer to the experience. In general, the ride was great.”
Despite all the challenges and pivots that Ride Season, Vidya managed to hit her personal record for fundraising, and was honored as the Top Youth Fundraiser for 2023.
Her parents proudly accepted the award on her behalf at the Pathways Park Ceremony in August once Vidya was away at college.