BENEFITING: ALLIED SERVICES FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: ALLIED SERVICES FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
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: