Our Alliance is an entirely volunteer organization. All funds raised go directly into the Reid R Sacco AYA Cancer Fund, which falls under the umbrella of Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF). Those funds are used to support Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer programs, research, education and clinic trials so that one day all AYA’s diagnosed with cancer will be routinely cured.
Lorraine founded the AYA Cancer Alliance in 2005, shortly after her son Reid lost his battle with cancer at the age of 20. Lorraine is a magna cum laude graduate from Salem State University. Presently she works as a Medical Technologist at MGH. Recent honors include the 2011 Rotary Citizen of the year and the 2014 Honoree of “The One Hundred” at MGH. Lorraine has a deep passion for Boston, Maine and the ocean. An avid walker, and passionate cyclist; her love for biking began cycling along the beaches of Revere as a child and was enriched by the addition of her two sons in the 1980s who joined her and her husband regularly biking along the beaches of Kennebunk each summer. Today Lorraine still finds cycling along the ocean as a “little piece of Heaven”.
Gene co-founded the Reid R Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance with his wife Lorraine, in 2005, shortly after the death of their son, Reid, who lost his battle with cancer at age 20. Gene has worked in the biotechnology industry for more than 25 years, and is currently Director of Operations Management at Pfizer, Inc. Gene graduated with a B.A. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, and with an MBA from Northeastern University. Outside of work hours and when not working to help grow the AYA Cancer Alliance, Gene enjoys photography, cycling, playing tennis (badly) with their son, Weston, and playing the piano.
Weston co-founded the Reid R Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance with his parents, Gene and Lorraine Sacco, after the death of his older brother and only sibling, Reid Sacco, who lost his courageous battle with cancer in 2005. Weston is a graduate of Lynnfield High School, and holds a B.S. from Davidson College (Davidson, NC) and MD from Tulane School of Medicine (New Orleans, LA). He is currently an Emergency Medicine Resident at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He lives in Newton with his wife, Lindsay, an Anesthesiology Resident at Beth Israel Hospital. In his rare spare time, Weston enjoys traveling, cycling, time in Kennebunk, and beating his dad at tennis.
Meredith J. Nash (formerly Greeno)
Director of Reid's Ride Comedy Night
Meredith has been part of the Reid R Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance since its inception serving as a Senior Board Member and the Co-Director of the Reid’s Ride Comedy Night (along with Mike Marra). Meredith also holds the title as the highest individual fundraiser for Reid’s Ride – raising over $7,000 in 2016 and achieving this title in 11 of the 12 years of Reid’s Ride! As Reid’s cousin, separated by only 5 months, the two were extremely close. Meredith graduated cum laude from Babson College in 2007. Being at Babson and close by during Reid’s gallant 2 year battle, the two were able to share many special memories including countless Red Sox games and nights laughing at Conan O’Brien while in the hospital. Presently Meredith works at New Balance Athletics, Inc. as a Global Product Manager in the Fitness Running and Trail Category. She lives in Andover with her husband, Joe, a Production Supervisor and Owner of Denron Plumbing and HVAC. In her spare time, Meredith can be found at her local Pure Barre studio, traveling (for both business and pleasure), catching up with friends over a great meal, relaxing with her cat Tigger, managing various house projects and decorating the nursery for Baby Nash (who is expected to arrive in August)!
Director, Promotional Media
Jane currently serves as Director of Promotional Media for the Reid R Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance and has been a Board Member and advocate since losing her cousin, Reid, to cancer in 2005. Jane holds a B.S. from Boston College with concentrations in both Finance and Accounting and is a licensed CPA in the states of Massachusetts and California. She currently works in Technical Accounting and Transaction Support at NantWorks, LLC located in Culver City, California. While Jane resides in West Hollywood, California, each year she is sure to make the trip back to her home state of Massachusetts for her favorite event of the year—Reid’s Ride. Like Reid, Jane has a passion for music. In her spare time she can often be found either at a concert, hiking, or otherwise taking in the Southern California sunshine.
Director, Administration and Logistics
As a lifelong friend of Reid; Mike has served on the Board of Directors for the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance since its inception in 2005 and has worked closely with the Sacco’s on the growth and development of the organization. Mike is a graduate of Lynnfield High School, holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree from Northeastern. Mike organizes the regular board meetings for the Alliance and oversees the medical and safety operations for the Annual Reid’s Ride. Mike works as a Police Officer in Somerville, where he resides with his girlfriend Christine and Siberian Husky named Storm. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, skiing and traveling.
Director, Web Development
Jackie was a friend of Reid’s and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the AYA Cancer Alliance since its inception in 2005. Since earning her Masters in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University, she has worked as an User Experience Designer for many marketing and technology businesses across New England. Currently, she is working at Bottomline Technologies in New Hampshire, where she lives with her husband Larry and dog Tucker. Jackie enjoys baking, shopping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family!
Deborah C. Sacco
Co-Director, Corporate and Community Relations
As Reid’s Auntie, who not only shares memories of Reid making her laugh so hard she cried, but also his same July 24th birthdate; Deb, her husband, and their kids have dedicated their time and energy to work alongside Reid’s parents, brother, family and friends to fulfill Reid’s wishes to make a difference in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers since his death in 2005. Deb, who serves on the Board of Directors, coordinates the delivery of "Reid's Ride" banners to their respective towns and on the day of the ride can be found riding with her husband, Frank, on their a “tandem” bike, which he purchased after Deb’s biking accident so she can participate without 911 assistance - a teamwork that usually elicits a “Hey! That’s Cheating!” from everyone they pass on the ride. Deb graduated from North Shore Community College with a degree in Mental Health and is a 26 year employee of Lahey Health/Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President. Cherished time includes bike rides with her husband, family vacations at the beach, cooking, gardening and walking their dog Moose. Frank and Deb enjoy sharing time with Gene and Lorraine biking along the coast of Maine, where we feel closest to Reid.
Co-Director, Corporate and Community Relations
Frank, Reid’s godfather, and his wife, Deb, have been involved with Reid’s Ride since the beginning - it still amazes him that the team was able to get that first ride planned in only 4 months! Leading up to the annual ride, Frank is in charge of coordinating the motorcycle safety team and sees that the banners are delivered to their respective towns. However, on ride day, you can find him captaining his team, “Team Danvers Fire”. The ride has sparked his inner cycling enthusiast; he finds riding to be a way to connect with Reid and also with his wife on their tandem bicycle. After 32 years with the Danvers Fire Department, the last 20 years as a captain, Frank will be retiring this year. While it will give him more time to ride, he plans on continuing to work with Lyons Ambulance as an EMT. Aside from spending time with his family, he is also a fifth degree black belt in Uechi-ryu Karate, and has recently taken up guitar lessons – but don’t plan on booking him for your next birthday, he says it will be awhile! Frank looks forward to seeing you at the next ride!
Paula became involved with Reid’s ride through the Lynnfield Rotary club the first year the ride was organized in 2005. As the years have gone by she has taken on more active roles with Reid’s Ride helping coordinate different aspects of the event. “It is truly amazing what has been accomplished through grass roots efforts beginning with the Sacco Family.” She currently serves as Executive Advisor. She is very active with Rotary modeling her life with the Rotary motto “service above self”. Paula enjoys and believes it is important to give back to her community and to others in need. Paula has earned a degree in elementary education and business. She has had a long professional career in the retail and wholesale flower business traveling the world. She is currently the General Manager for a floral wholesaler in Boston. Enjoyable moments include boating, kickboxing and frequent spa visits! Paula resides in Lynnfield.
Arthur J. Bourque III
Executive Advisor and Reid's Ride Operations and Transportation
Arthur has been organizing the transportation logistics around Reid’s Ride since it’s inception in 2005. Arthur is a graduate of Boston State College and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. After a twenty-year career in the Massachusetts State Police he and his wife formed Surveillance Specialties, Ltd. an electronic security firm which they sold in 2012. He is currently the Moderator for the Town of Lynnfield and served that community for twelve years as a member and Chairman of the Board of Selectmen. In addition, he was Chairman of the Lynnfield Fields Committee and the Owners Representative responsible for the Lynnfield Field Complex. He currently serves as the President of Townscape, a non-profit dedicated to the betterment of Lynnfield. He has been actively involved in coaching youth soccer for over 30 years and was the 2008 Women’s Coach of the Year in Massachusetts. Recent honors include Rotary Citizen of the Year, Lynn Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award, and dozens of other awards from a variety of nonprofit organizations including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Joan B. Bourque
Executive Advisor and Reid's Ride Operations and Transportation
Joan Bourque is responsible for overseeing the financial collection and accounting at Reid’s Ride and has been involved in the fundraising efforts of the Reid Sacco Foundation since it’s inception in 2005. Joan is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. After a twenty-year career in the defense intelligence industry she and her husband founded Surveillance Specialties, Ltd. an electronic security firm that was sold in 2012. She was the CFO of that organization and responsible for all financial and administration functions of the company. She is actively involved with the Lynnfield Village Home and Garden Club and Townscape, a nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of Lynnfield. She is well known for her cooking and gardening skills and loves playing Mahjong. Recent honors include national volunteer recognition by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and numerous awards from the Northern New England Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis.
Nancy and her husband David along with kids Michael, Stephanie & Carolyn have been involved with the Reid R Sacco alliance from the very beginning taking part in the ride since 2006. It's something that we all look forward to every year. It's such a beautiful ride from Lynnfield to Gloucester and the ride has always been blessed with perfect weather! In addition to participating in the ride, Nancy began helping Lorraine doing administrative work in the office one day a week. “It's an overwhelming amount of work that Lorraine and Gene do every day to keep the foundation going and I'm glad that I can help in any way possible. It's so impressive what they've accomplished in such a short amount of time.” Besides volunteering for the foundation, she works part time at RDK Engineers as an accounting assistant. Nancy loves being on the move and loves planning hiking, biking and skiing trips with friends and family. More travel is definitely in her future plans!
Director, Reid's Ride Operations
Katherine got involved early with the AYA Cancer Alliance and has been involved since. Katherine is the CEO of Core Marketing Services, a consultation and event planning company. She also works closely with her husband, Merrill, in running his plastics company Core Elastomers. Katherine graduated with a Masters in Information Technology from Bentley University where she also completed her undergraduate work in Mathematical Sciences. Passionate about giving back, Katherine donates much of her time to other charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation. She resides in the Seacoast of NH.
Director, Reid's Run Connecticut
Liana is a founding member of the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance. A childhood friend of Reid, Liana is inspired everyday by the person he was and the courageous battle he fought. Currently, Liana resides in Connecticut working at ESPN as a Supervisor in the Production Operations group. To spread awareness of AYA cancers and raise additional funds, Liana directs Reid's Run 5k in Farmington, CT. Funds raised from the 5k are given to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, which named it's AYA cancer program "Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program." In her spare time, Liana enjoys videography, running outside and cooking with her 99 year old grandmother.