Potsdam High graduate wins online contest for $50,000 contribution to favorite charity, in honor of her uncle
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 9:09 am

POTSDAM -- A Potsdam High School graduate has won an online contest award of a $50,000 social media campaign for her favorite charity, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Kanika Misra, now in Boston attending Emerson College, lost her uncle, Ramesh Misra, 60, of Ottawa, to pancreatic cancer, "and it devastated me and my family," she wrote when she told us about the contest, on brickfish.com.

Her entries, including photos and essays about the life of her uncle, drew more support on the web site than any other entry.

The winners have been announced, and Misra’s campaign has won a $50,000 marketing donation to the cause of curing pancreatic cancer.

“I have lost words once again in absolutely the best way possible,” she said in telling us of her win.

She says the win isn’t for her, but “will go towards saving the lives of tens of thousands of people each and every year from now on.”

After she had made it past the first round in the contest and told us she was moving into round 2, Misra explained the inspiration she drew from her uncle’s memory.

"After months of grief, I've found genuine happiness in everything he was able to teach me in his life and everything he continues to teach me now that he is gone."