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Ryan's Run 2014 NYC Marathon

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BENEFITING: ALLIED SERVICES FOUNDATION

ORGANIZER: ALLIED SERVICES FOUNDATION

EVENT: 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014

Tara Kilcullen

THE STORY:

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 grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and now live in Daytona Beach, Florida. I started running distance races in middle school and fell in love with the sport. I ran my first marathon in November of 1999.

A few years later, in April of 2002, I had just started training to run my second marathon when I was seriously injured. I was standing on a street corner waiting to cross the road when a 48-foot flatbed semi-tractor hit me. The flatbed of the truck hit my upper spine and shoulder area sending me a few feet. It would be 2 surgeries and 7 years before I would run again.

After my second surgery, I asked my doctor when I would be able to run again. He had a puzzled look on his face and said “Never.”

I was in shock. I had put myself through the surgeries so that I would be able to get back to an active lifestyle and get back to living life in my 20s. When pushed, my doctor informed me that I wouldn’t injure myself any further by running, but that he’d never seen anyone able to run with pain levels I experienced. If I could manage the pain, he said, I would get my life back.

From that moment on, I was determined to have a support network and the tools to take back control of my life. While I understand that not everyone can get back to 100%, including me, I do believe that we can always get something back and be 100% of the person we are in that moment.

Believing in myself and finding that determination to keep pushing forward, even when I was unsure, allowed me to be here today. Am I in pain every day? Yes. Will I let my injuries take anything else from me? No. I've learned how to live with pain on a daily basis and learned to listen to my body. With a strong support network of both family/friends and professionals, I'm running today.

The team’s motto of “Inspiring Fitness. Challenging Disability. Changing Lives” hits home for me. I was told I wouldn’t be able to get my lifestyle back and while I know I’ll never be 100% pain free from my injuries, I also know that the right support and tools can help you forge a different path. Fitness can help change lives and challenge the status quo for disabilities.

I’m so happy that I’ve been given the opportunity to be a part of Ryan’s Run. Allied Services has helped many people in my family get back to their lifestyles and after experiencing a traumatic injury like mine, I know that you need a good support network, like Allied Services, to help you overcome those obstacles.  

ABOUT RYAN'S RUN 5

Ryan's Run 5 is here! For the fifth year running, WNEP TV's Ryan Leckey will lead a team of runners in raising funds and awareness for children and adults with disabilities. Proceeds from Ryan's Run benefit Allied Services, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, life-changing injuries and chronic illness. 

In just 4 years, Ryan's Run has raised more than $900,000 enabling Allied Services to invest in the people, services and cutting-edge technology that is changing lives in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. Click here to meet some of the incredible people reaching new heights thanks to Ryan's Run: 

http://wnep.com/2014/05/16/rr4-update-new-freedom-for-kids/

http://wnep.com/2014/05/16/rr4-update-breath-of-fresh-air/

http://wnep.com/2014/05/16/rr4-update-advances-for-stroke-patients/

http://wnep.com/2014/05/16/rr4-update-new-technology-gives-patients-a-voice/

http://wnep.com/2014/05/16/rr4-update-campaign-helps-allied-earn-national-award/

 

$6,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Ginn

     

  • Annemarie Robbins

    $100

  • Malones

    $40

  • Steve

     

  • Jim

     

  • Leigh

    $100

  • Dave

     

  • carlos

    $50

  • Barbie

    $100

  • Jason & Kristen

    $200

  • Ray, Tara, Neil & Raj

    $250

  • Gareth Jones

    $50

  • Naomi

    $100

  • Jim & Suanne

    $200

  • Tanya & Cory

    $100

  • Karen & Kevin

    $50

  • Sharon Haga

    $30

  • HH

     

  • Kurt

    $50

  • Jess, Pat and Ruby

    $100

  • Melissa Nelson

    $30

  • Mike H

     

  • Rebecca and Jay Ulloa

    $50

  • dan rogers

    $40

  • Laura

     

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Mary Ellen Coleman

    $100

  • Kristy Rosiak

    $150

  • Brenda Boone

     

  • Jim Brogna

    $50

  • Eric Shaw & Andrea Borst

    $50

  • Marin

    $30

  • Bill & Romaine Kilcullen

    $200

  • EJ, Michele, Sean and Abby Coleman

    $50

  • Ellen Kamor

    $50

  • Kim Sharkey - Graham Company

    $50

  • Kara White

    $50

  • Keith Polifrone - TGC

    $40

  • Greg Pate

    $25

  • Peter, Susan and Maxi Prinsen

    $100

  • Ed & Mary Claire Coleman

    $50

  • Tim Perskie

    $50

  • Lori Tustin - TGC

    $25

  • The Graham Company

    $2,000

  • Lucille Carey

    $100

  • MONTERO JUSTICE, PA

    $100

  • Carrie R.

    $30

  • Ferner Family

    $30

  • Shannon Hagenbaugh

    $100

  • Tracey Kilcullen

    $100

  • Joe Holden

    $100

  • Jeanne Oronzio Wermuth

    $50

  • carrie brennan

    $25

  • Mike Vollmar

    $140

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The Team: $309,588 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Leckey

Amount Raised

$156,679

Fundraiser Title

Corey Burns

Amount Raised

$16,731

Fundraiser Title

Alyssa and Paul Sumski

Amount Raised

$6,522

 

217% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tara Kilcullen

Amount Raised

$6,000

Fundraiser Title

Frank Swaha

Amount Raised

$5,316

Fundraiser Title

Jackie Doherty

Amount Raised

$5,087

Fundraiser Title

Kasey Rhoa

Amount Raised

$5,030

Fundraiser Title

Denise Cunningham

Amount Raised

$4,896

Donor Comments

Mike Vollmar

Mike Vollmar

DONATION: $140

5 years ago

carrie brennan

carrie brennan

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Jeanne Oronzio Wermuth

Jeanne Oronzio Wermuth

DONATION: $50

Go, Tara! 5 years ago

Joe Holden

Joe Holden

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Tracey Kilcullen

Tracey Kilcullen

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Shannon Hagenbaugh

Shannon Hagenbaugh

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Ferner Family

Ferner Family

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Carrie R.

Carrie R.

DONATION: $30

So proud to see you rocking the prep for this, Tara! What a wonderful cause. 5 years ago

MONTERO JUSTICE, PA

MONTERO JUSTICE, PA

DONATION: $100

GO TARA GO!!! 5 years ago

Lucille Carey

Lucille Carey

DONATION: $100

5 years ago