Local Runners Unite To Change Lives
RYAN’S RUN CAMPAIGN-Local runners will be competing in the ING New York City Marathon. Four local residents will be running on behalf of Allied Services. Shown in front are: Corey Burns, Michael Ferguson, Dane Kozlevcar, Angela Hagenbuch, Ryan Leckey, Nicole Gallagher, Alec Barcklow, Deb Barcklow, Thomas Casey. Row two: Jane Smedley, Cathy Guzzi, Stacey Williams, Kevin Walsh, Michael Bedrin, Mountaintop; Dave DiPipi, Amy Neugebauer, Lisa Harris, Angela Montagna, Leslie Moran. Back: Mark Ross, Steve Davidowitz, Fred Lombardo, Justin Davis, Jason Yusavage, Jim Brogna, Mountaintop.

On November 3, 2013, more than 45,000 athletes from around the country and around the world will gather to compete in the world’s greatest foot race, the ING New York City Marathon. Some run to fulfill the dream of a lifetime, some run to break a personal record or fitness goal. A large and ever growing number run to make a difference in the lives of others. This November, 45 local athletes lead by WNEP-TV’s Ryan Leckey, will take on the physical and mental challenge of the 26.2 mile course as part of the Ryan’s Run campaign.

The campaign was first created in 2010 as a way to channel the energy and compassion of local runners and make a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities at Allied Services. In the first 3 years, more than $500,000 was raised, enabling this local non-profit healthcare organization to invest in cutting-edge technology, staff and services. For example, thanks to Ryan’s Run, patients recovering from stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or other neurological conditions now have access to rehabilitation technology only found at 12 hospitals nationwide. Allied Services continues to serve children with disabilities, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay, and recent Ryan’s Run funds invested in pediatric rehab technology are benefitting children with sensory integration.

This year, 13 athletes that live and work in Luzerne County will run on behalf of Allied Services and each has a story to tell about what motivates them to push through the pain barrier and make the personal sacrifices that marathon training requires.

Mountaintop/White Haven runners who will be participating are:

Atty. Michael Bedrin-Michael started running 5 years ago and in that short time has run 7 marathons. On April 15, 2013, he finished the Boston Marathon before the tragic bombings and feels honored and blessed to run another marathon. “I’m honored to be part of Ryan’s Run 4 and support the great work of Allied Services.”

Theresa Stook-Theresa Stook, DPT, has worked as a physical therapist at the Spine and Sports Medicine Center at Heinz Rehab in Wilkes-Barre for 18 years. “It has given me the chance to work with some inspiring people. If people could experience some of what the patients at Allied Services go through after a traumatic experience just to get back their lives back, running 26.2 miles would seem like a walk in the park.” Theresa is dedicating this marathon to her family and to a young girl named Kylie and her family. They prove that with love and commitment to family, nothing is impossible.

Jim Brogna-As Assistant Vice President of Advancement and a 14-year employee at Allied Services, Jim has witnessed first-hand the positive impact each donor has on the individuals, families and communities served by Allied Services. Running this marathon is a perfect opportunity for Jim to combine his passion for fitness, life and raising funds to change lives. He is staying motivated with the goal of running his first sub-4 hour marathon. Dixon-Diane has worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant for Allied Services for 30 years. For the past 17, she has enjoyed helping patients in the aquatic therapy program at Heinz Rehab in Wilkes-Barre. Diane has always been a sports enthusiast, but didn’t start running until the age of 36, mostly to relieve stress and to stay healthy. She started running in 1994, and one year later, ran the 1995 New York City marathon. “Running the marathon will be tough for me, but it will be nothing compared to the hardships our patients face every day. I will run for them...because I can!”

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