Jane Ali, Co-Founder
Jane is a breast cancer survivor with a mission to help other survivors and their families. As part of her work with MOM, Jane manages an online social network called www.survivorcelebration.com, where survivors, friends, family and wellness professionals can come and share their stories of hope, love & laughter as well as get sound advice and access to resources. She also runs MOM benevolence programs and is actively involved in numerous community wellness events, including hosting an annual horse show in Howard County, MD.
Jane grew up in a small town in PA. She started her career with Columbia Association in MD working part time as an administrative assistant. She continued to move ahead with Columbia Association until she was their Sales Manager and managing more than 20 sales representatives. While working at Columbia Association she attended Howard Community College in Columbia. She met her husband, A.J. at Columbia Association where they worked together briefly.
After working for more than 20 years with Columbia Association she was ready to move on to other challenges. Jane became involved with her church as a volunteer. She was involved in the youth group at church and the children’s minister. This led to a part-time job as administrative assistant to one of the Pastors, which led to a full-time job as their Business Manager. The church grew from 600 members to 1500 in the 6 years Jane worked there. While working at Bridgeway Community Church she took classes through her church with Moody Bible Institute.
Jane and A.J. moved out to CA in December 2005. Jane started working full time with Eclipse Sports when they moved to California. Three months after their move, Jane found a lump while she was exercising. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and spent most of 2005 and 2006 going through treatments including surgeries, chemo and radiation. During that time, her eyes were opened up to the importance of wellness and she became a student of holistic health. She studied under and then went to work for a holistic health practitioner in 2008 and 2009, until the couple moved to Maryland to strengthen the east coast base for MOM and re-establish ties with family and many longtime friends. Since the move, Jane
has been very busy sharing what she has learned and learning more in preparation for creating MOM’s equine therapy programs.
Jane’s passion has always been animals. She would rather spend her time on a back of a horse then in an office. Although she says she’s more of an animal person than a people person, her legions of good and loyal friends would beg to differ. Nonetheless, her cat is the most spoiled animal on the planet. When she’s not pampering her cat or riding a horse, she loves to read, take a Zumba class, roller-blade, swim and occasionally play golf, or tennis.
A.J. Ali, Co-Founder
A.J. Ali and his wife Jane are co-founders of the nonprofit Marathon of Miracles (MOM). MOM operates a thriving online social network, www.survivorcelebration.com. The organization participates in a wide variety of activities to help survivors and to promote wellness to help end cancer. Recently, MOM launched a line of all-natural snack foods that promote health and wellness. With A.J. as a part of the brand development team, the line is being sold in more than 800 stores since the January 2010 launch.
A.J. is an award-winning producer, writer, TV host, brand-builder and cancer wellness advocate. He lives based on the principle of making a difference in the world daily. He is the Creator, Executive Producer and Co-Star of “Good Fellas of Baltimore,” a TV show that aired on Fox 45 in Baltimore in the Spring of 2011. His book co-authored with Vera Jones (The True Champion’s 30-Day Challenge, published in September 2009 — www.30daychallengebook.com) is a direct result of A.J. being brought through the refining fires of life and surviving and thriving with a deep desire to help others overcome adversity and experience fulfilled and meaningful lives.
A.J. was called to the world of wellness when the Fall of 1998 ushered in more than a decade of traumatic cancer deaths of A.J.’s family members and close friends, beginning with his beloved older brother Abbey and continuing with his father, grandmother, stepfather, mother-in-law other relatives and friends. With his world being turned upside down, A.J. turned to his faith in God to heal and found catharsis through inspirational and meaningful writing about daily life. He soon found that his work resonated with others that were experiencing pain and tribulation. An accomplished writer, his “On the Tee with A.J. Ali” inspirational column has appeared in numerous publications and online. His musical lyrics stir the soul and inspire positive change. His recent work includes writing and producing the song “Through the Darkness, Into the Light” and producing the compilation music CD “Survivor Celebration” to benefit breast cancer survivors. The song is available at www.survivorcelebration.com. His 2007 Survivor Celebration campaign helping cancer survivors in the U.S. won the Hollywood Fame Awards National Community Service Award. A.J.’s True Champion’s writing, speaking and coaching help people live with joy, purpose and integrity regardless of their circumstances.
A.J. is the Co-Founder of EclipseVSC, LLC, a vision-oriented brand-building company which most recently launched the social network www.eclipsesports.com. Prior to starting EclipseVSC, A.J. crafted a long and successful career in sports marketing and public relations. From 1983 to 1987, he served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force, working public relations and playing soccer for the Air Force Team. A.J. has more than 30 years of experience in the field of sports and entertainment based business development and has raised more than $25 million for charity.
He has owned two professional soccer teams and has developed hundreds of sponsorship deals on behalf of clients and his sports business interests. His vast experience in cause-event marketing and relationship marketing has made him a sought-after speaker, writer and consultant. He has written, produced and been featured in numerous print, television and radio programs including various commercials, dozens of PSA’s, the POSITIVE CHOICE mentoring TV show and the Good Fellas of Baltimore TV show. He is co-writing several screenplays and lyrics to more songs.
Active in the community, A.J. has served on numerous nonprofit boards and advises many other nonprofit groups pro-bono. A.J. participates in sports ministry programs with professional and student athletes across the nation. He has performed chapel services for several professional sports teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies. A.J. attended California State University, Sacramento and was the 2nd African American graduate of the highly esteemed Natl. Entrepreneurship Academy in Sacramento in 1989. He is most proud of being Sierra Ali’s dad. She is attending CSU Sacramento.