BENEFITING: ALLIED SERVICES FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: ALLIED SERVICES FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
I'm proud to be running the TCS NYC Marathon to help children and adults with disabilities in NE and Central Pennsylvania served by Allied Services. Any size donation will help. Donate $30 in my honor and you'll be eligible to receive a cool moisture-wicking Ryan's Run exercise shirt.
I am a wife and mother of two amazing boys, Peter who is four, and Henry who is six months. I am a Physician specializing in Rehabilitation Medicine and sub-specializing in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. I do everything to the extreme, including cooking particularly healthy. It’s not unusual for my husband to ask me if I left the sugar and butter out of my cookies.
The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon will be my 11th marathon, yet my first New York City Marathon. I haven’t completed a sanctioned marathon since before my first son was born. Although in 2013, my husband and I ran a marathon that we mapped ourselves to honor babies that are lost during pregnancy.
My life changed when I went to the hospital, unable to stop coughing at 38 weeks pregnant with my second son. I had an emergency c-section and woke up three weeks later in the ICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital. I was on a mechanical ventilator and an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, ECMO. I couldn’t move and I couldn’t run. My newborn baby was three weeks old and I hadn’t spent any time with him yet. I learned that I contracted a necrotizing spore forming pneumonia and had bacteria in my bloodstream. Despite all this, my son, Henry, was born healthy.
After two more weeks in the hospital, and a short stay at John Heinz Rehab Hospital, I finally went home to a loving family who had to do a lot for me. I had so much help from my husband, siblings, in-laws, and my church. Our church in Dallas, PA, Grace Community Church, cooked meals for us daily.
Ryan’s Run 6 is the perfect way to complete my first marathon since all of this happened. I want to raise money for people who cannot afford ECMO machines or power wheelchairs. I want to thank Allied Services for the amazing rehab care I received. This marathon isn’t about meeting a personal record, but about being healthy enough to run again, breathe on my own, and to thank the health care world for doing what we do best, giving people their lives back.
ALLIED SERVICES FOUNDATION wrote -
Inspiring Fitness. Challenging Disability. Changing Lives.
For the 6th year, WNEP TV's Ryan Leckey will lead a team of amazing individuals in raising funds and awareness for children and adults with disabilities.
On November 1, the Ryan's Run 6 team will run the TCS New York City marathon to benefit Allied Services, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, life-changing injuries and chronic illness in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.
In just 5 years, Ryan's Run has raised more than $1.2 million enabling Allied Services to invest in the people, services and cutting-edge technology that is changing lives in tgis region. Click here to meet some of the incredible people reaching new heights thanks to Ryan's Run and your generous donations: