Raised so far
Sumit Guha was born on December 12, 1970 in Calcutta, India, to his mother Gita Guha, and father Asit Guha. He grew up in Calcutta, and was always an excellent student. He enjoyed playing cricket, reading, and being a loving son to his parents. With the support of a very well educated family, his commitment to excellence, his perseverance and resourcefulness, Sumit completed his university studies with a degree in physics.
Sumit’s professional life led him to Mumbai, where he worked in the film industry as an audio technician, and a Sound Consultant for Dolby Laboratories. He loved his job, and was proud to be part of an industry that allowed him to work side by side with colleagues respected around the world.
In 2008, Sumit relocated to Vancouver, where he joined the projection team at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Vancity Theatre. Sumit quickly became a projection expert without peer, but more importantly, he was a calm and steady presence in a sometimes very chaotic environment.
Sumit loved his adopted city of Vancouver, he loved his family, his work, and his friends. The power and scale of the love that was directed right back at him, can never be equaled.
At the young age of 44, Sumit died on April 19, 2015 after a brief but cruel struggle with HLH. His passing left a hole in the hearts of all who knew him. Everyone will miss his skills, but so much more importantly, everyone will miss the essence of the man that was Sumit – a gentle soul who will be irreplaceable.
Sumit’s name means “good friend,” and knowing him meant having your life enriched. Family, friends and colleagues will miss his humour, his smile, his compassion, his talent, his spirituality, his reverence, his inspiration, and his friendship.
The impact of your support
The Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) Care Fund was established at UBC to raise money for research into HLH. Your gift to this fund will pay tribute to Sumit’s memory while helping to support other patients faced with this condition.
HLH is a rare condition whereby certain white blood cells (histiocytes and lymphocytes) build up in organs including the skin, spleen, and liver, and destroy other blood cells. This causes severe inflammation and damage to many organs including the brain, liver, bone marrow and the lymphatic system. HLH may be inherited or caused by certain conditions or diseases including infections and immunodeficiency (inability of the body to fight infections). Presently, little is known about the disorder. Further research is needed to develop a better understanding of the disease, so that more effective treatments can be developed.
Donations will support UBC researchers to create specialized tests – currently unavailable in BC – to help diagnose and manage HLH so that future patients have the best possible health outcomes.
Sumit is deeply missed by all who knew him. Please make a gift in memory of his life and help researchers make inroads into this devastating disease.