Regina went to college at Northeastern Jr. College in Sterling CO, and completed her BA degree in Special Education at the University Of Nebraska at Kearney. While going to school, Regina worked at a group home with 6 adult men with mental and physical needs. That same year, 1992, Regina married Saeed Siddiqui. Early in her career, Regina taught elementary and high school students along with young adults with a range of special needs and behavior issues. Before Regina and Saeed started their family, the couple moved to Karchi, Pakistan. This was an experience of a lifetime for Regina, to live in and see first hand the country where her new husband grew up. While in Pakistan, Regina taught a regular education classroom of third graders and the young couple started their family. Their oldest son, Mikail, was born in Pakistan.
Teaching and traveling was fulfilling, enjoyable and memorable. The family was now in Iowa and two more children were born. A daughter Aliyah, and a son Kadin, making it a happy healthy family of five. Although not in the school system anymore, having three children and the title "mom" means that there are numerous teachable moments everyday. Maybe more so in their household, as the second child, their little girl Aliyah, was born with Down Syndrome.
After living across the midwest building a family, Saeed's career path brought them to Castle Rock, CO, and they have called it home for 8 years. The first year here was like any other family arriving new to an area, they were excited to meet the neighbors, do the yard and start a new school. Life took a scary turn on April 16, 2005, when Aliyah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). The next 5 1/2 years, Regina was dedicated to the health and happiness of her whole family. She followed the passions of her family in Aliyah’s love of cooking and crafting and also the boys commitment to soccer, which lead her to become actively involved in the DCHS Soccer Booster Club. Regina has started a business of her own, Rally, creating customized, hand stamped jewelry. A portion of the proceeds from this business goes to childhood cancer research and supports funding for the soccer teams. While Regina was looking into Foundations to donate funds from Rally, she discovered that research for childhood cancer was lacking. This led to the beginning of Aliyah Inspired Moments, AIM2Cure. As President of the AIM2Cure Board, Regina enjoys doing community outreach through public speaking engagements, sharing her experiences and increasing awareness for this cause.
“There were many difficult times over the last 5 plus years. Aliyah ran out of time before a cure could be found, but I try to remember and draw strength from the special times. These moments, big and small, have made a forever impression on my heart. Sharing these “moments” through AIM2Cure will help raise awareness and funds for the medical research that is so needed for our kids.”
Saeed was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. He is the third of four boys; and as you can imagine, he always got in trouble growing up. His parents and three brothers reside here in the U.S.
He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Science and Masters in Arts from Pakistan and he also received his MBA from the University of Nebraska. Saeed served as the Director of International Students Services for the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The next 7 years he spent employed by Johnson & Johnson (Jansen International). He has had extensive experience working in pharmaceutical sales and pharmaceutical sales/marketing management. Saeed has been employed with AstraZeneca for over 10 years. Saeed is a supporter of the Special Olympics and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He shares the love of soccer with his boys and has been given the opportunity to coach some of their teams.
Saeed and Regina were introduced by family while going to college in Kearney, Nebraska, and the rest is history. Soon after their marriage, they moved to Pakistan as Saeed accepted a position with Johnson & Johnson. After a 2 year stay, and soon after the birth of their oldest son, Mikail, they moved back to the U.S. and started their family life. Saeed's career moved them from Nebraska to Iowa, then to Illinois and finally, here in Denver. Along the way, Aliyah and Kadin were born in 1998 and 2001, respectively. It was on April 16, 2005, when Aliyah was diagnosed with leukemia. She fought this ugly disease head on every day until July 9th, 2010. Aliyah lost her battle to cancer on that day. Her passion for life and her fun loving spirit through that entire illness period was uplifting and motivational.
From Aliyah’s initial diagnosis, and during her 5 year battle, Saeed and the family have seen the various stages of this disease and the devastation it can cause. As a result, the AIM2Cure Foundation’s mission to enhance the focus on childhood cancer research and awareness is very personal. With the recent advancements in medicine and diagnostics, we cannot allow this to happen to children any longer. Aliyah’s passion for life energizes Saeed. He hopes family, friends and the community will join in this fight against childhood cancer and carry on Aliyah‘s battle. Saeed firmly believes that if we can change the course of childhood cancer, even for one child, it is worth the fight.
Sandy has an MBA from Texas A&M University and is the proud mama of 2; a son who will study Sports Management at Washington State University and a daughter who is a student at Castle View HS in the STEM Academy. She and her husband Mike moved the family to Castle Rock in 2010 but still have strong Texas roots.