WHO WE ARE

Jess and bob rice, co-Founders - needham, ma

Back in 2007, my mother, Carol Caley, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.  After seeing the struggle she has gone through, along with the struggle my father has faced as her primary caregiver, Bob and I knew we needed to do something.  With my love for running, along with our shared passion to help others, organizing our first race in 2014 was a logical way to do some serious fundraising while having a little fun along the way.  Knowing we wanted to grow this mission, we reached out to a very special group of our friends and family, and asked them to be a part of our recently created 501c3, “Jog Your Memory, Inc.”  With the collective power of our board, we are excited to pursue our dream to raise money to run Alzheimer’s into the ground.

 

RICHARD CALEY - GRANBY, CT

Forty seven years into a marriage with Carol, I am profoundlygrateful for the many wonderful years we shared. But over the past decade, Alzheimer's Disease has devastated a talented, loving and beautiful woman in ways that are both dark and cruel. Whatever can be done to halt the wrath of Alzheimer's must be done. The lives of millions are at stake. Supporting the Cure Alzheimer's Fund through Jog Your Memory is a step toward this worthy goal.

 

harry stants - needham ma

My primary role on the Jog Your Memory 5k Board of Directors is to advise and contribute to the race growth and operations based on my extensive running experience. I ran for the varsity cross country and track teams at Penn State University (’91 to ’96), The Nike Farm Team (’96 to ’97), Reebok Boston (’97 to ’04) and currently for the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.). As a member of these local running clubs, I have run in over 150 Boston area road races. I finished 4th in the Big Ten 10k championships in 1995, 56th in 2003 Chicago Marathon (2:24:09), 9th in the 2006 Philadelphia Marathon (2:27:05) and 6th at the 2015 USATF Masters National 10k Championships (34:17). As Jess' and Bob's neighbor, I have experienced the disease’s effects on close friends. In addition, my wife Kristen works for Biogen, where they recently uncovered one of the most promising treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. I am currently the Product Manager at runcoach (www.runcoach.com), an on line software company specializing in personalized training for runners and walkers.

 

michelle schmidt - concord, MA

Sadly I have a deep connection to Alzheimer’s due to managing the care of a dear aunt who was diagnosed with it over 10 years ago. I have witnessed her gradual decline, and have seen the effects it has had on the entire family. I am honored to be on the board of an organization so determined to find ways to help ease the pain of such a cruel disease. I hope we can make a difference through not only helping to find a cure, but also helping to raise awareness and to support families until there is a cure.

 

michelle vitagliano - Brighton, ma

My connection to Alzheimer's is one I wish I never had.  In 2011, my mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's.  The news was devastating for all of us, mostly because we know there is no cure.  Rather than fear what the future holds, we try to enjoy every day and count our blessings.  Being on the board helps me direct my focus to a cause that I am truly passionate about and dedicated to.  My hope is that through Jog Your Memory, we will continue to raise enough awareness and funds to one day find a cure for a disease that affects the lives of so many people.