My name is ... Apeaksha Raina

Mrs. Colorado International highlights cause of organ donation

Posted 7/10/18

About me I was born in Jammu and Kashmir, India, in a giant family. I was raised by my mother, Usha Raina, because I lost my father, Ashok Kumar Raina, at a very young age because of kidney failure. …

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My name is ... Apeaksha Raina

Mrs. Colorado International highlights cause of organ donation

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About me

I was born in Jammu and Kashmir, India, in a giant family. I was raised by my mother, Usha Raina, because I lost my father, Ashok Kumar Raina, at a very young age because of kidney failure. She is the epitome of courage and strength.

I did my master's in business administration. I worked with an HR company at an IT company. In 2012 we moved to New York. Last year my husband, Tejinder Pal, and I transferred to beautiful and colorful Colorado. I have a beautiful daughter, Zena Raina Pal. She is 18 months old. I'm blessed to have her in my life. She is our world.

I was crowned Mrs. Colorado International by the International Pageant Judging Committee in April. I am competing in the Mrs. International pageant July 16 in Charleston, West Virginia.

What is the Mrs. International pageant?

It is one of the most prestigious pageants in the world. It's not only your physical attributes. It is a platform-based pageant. I was selected through a comprehensive application and interview process. There will be 66 contestants from across the country and the globe for the title of Mrs. International 2018.

All the ladies have a platform. My platform is organ and tissue donation and a goodwill ambassador for Donor Alliance.

When you're a kid, you only see the glitz and glamour side of it. But this one caught my eye because it is platform-based. I lost my dad because of kidney failure. I know how painful it is to lose a loved one and I don't want anyone to go through the same thing. I was a daddy's girl. That incident changed my entire life. I wanted to do something in the community to raise awareness and to inspire people about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation.

I want people to know ...

Organ and tissue donation is very important. By simply saying "yes" at the driver's license office for organ and tissue donation, we can save lives. I have been through it. It is so difficult for someone to lose their loved one. My message is, I cannot change my past, but I can definitely try to change someone's present and future. By promoting this platform, I can reach and educate people. Once you are gone, somebody else can live. You can be alive in some form. Someone can give back to their family and get back to their normal life.

My message is, live life to the fullest and give life.

To contribute to raise money for organ donation awareness, you can visit www.gofundme.com/7jsu3e-mrs-colorado-international-2018. You can also visit www.DonateLifeColorado.org.

You can help Apeaksha secure a spot in the top 16 by voting for her at www.mrsinternational.com/mrs-international-pchoice-voting.php?id=1195.

If you have suggestions for My Name is …, contact Nick Puckett at npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com

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