Kaely McDougall

Registered dietician Kaely McDougall of Huntington Beach, California, got hooked on long distance running about 10 years ago when she and her father ran their first race together. Since then, Kaely has lost both of her paternal grandparents to Alzheimer’s and she has seen the impact of the devastating disease on many other family members and friends.

On May 3, she set out to run the Orange County Marathon in less than four hours and raise money for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, both of which she accomplished.

“During the inevitably rough patch of miles 20–24, I often thought about my grandparents, my dad and so many others who have been impacted by this terrible disease. I love what Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is doing and I’m glad I could help,” Kaely said. She raised $670 for research.