A reporter for the university newspaper, Sagarika had plans of moving to New York after graduation and pursuing a career as a journalist. In March 2004, just three months before her graduation from the University of California at Irvine, Sagarika checked into a hospital with breathing problems and severe headaches. Several hours and a number of blood tests later, she was diagnosed with AML, a cancer of the blood and the bone marrow. It is a disease where immature white blood cells reproduce at an alarming rate. Unable to produce healthy blood cells, the body is susceptible to infection and suffers from intense fatigue, bone pain, nausea, and respiratory problems. After a courageous nine-month battle against the disease, Sagarika passed away on Friday, November 26th, 2004 surrounded by her family and friends.
The Sagarika Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established to commemorate the life of Sagarika Savur, who lost her life to acute myelogeneous leukemia (AML) at the age of twenty-three. The Foundation, which is involved in a variety of philanthropic and socially-minded projects, was founded by and is operated by Sagarika’s family.