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WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 Raises More Than $550,000

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WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 raised $554,437 during this year’s charity campaign. The grand total check was unveiled Friday, November 10.

It’s a morning that’s been months in the making. Friday, November 10, marked the end of this year’s WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 with a big check presentation at Allied Services in Scranton.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Ryan benefits kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services. Allied is one of our area’s largest nonprofit organizations with a mission of “providing miracles in rehab.”

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey had the final check presentation on Newswatch 16 This Morning raising $554,437

Our charity team is represented by people across northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

On Friday, Ryan Leckey gave us an inside look at our charity team in action at the world’s biggest marathon.

To date, WNEP’s Ryan’s Run has raised more than $2.6 million to help kids and adults with disabilities throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

The campaign has also received multiple honors. Ryan’s Run was named by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as an “Outstanding Television Public Service Campaign.”

To learn more about the background behind WNEP’s Ryan’s Run, click here!

To inquire about our team for next year’s campaign, contact Charlotte Wright at Allied Services via email at CWrigh@Allied-Services.org.

Check out this behind the scenes look at the marathon from the time the team woke up to the finish line.

Ryan’s Run Team Completes New York City Marathon

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NEW YORK — It’s a night of celebration for WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run 8 campaign.

The charity team took to the streets on Sunday to run the TCS New York City Marathon.

The 26.2 race started in Staten Island and ended in New York City’s Central Park.

Around 50,000 people from around the world took part.

Among them were Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey, who spearheads our charity campaign, along with Julie Sidoni and Ryan’s morning photographer Corey Burns.

Ryan’s Run involves a team of 50 area runners.

Thanks to your help, the team’s been raising money to support kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

You can catch the final check presentation of this year’s campaign on Friday on Newswatch 16 This Morning.

The Meaning Behind the Marathon: WNEP’s Ryan’s Run Team Hits NYC This Weekend

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While much of the world is watching the New York City Marathon this weekend, you may be interested to know that our area is playing a role.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey was in New York City’s Central Park on Friday.

He offered a behind the scenes look at the finish line and highlighted the impact WNEP’s Ryan’s Run Team will have on the World’s Biggest Marathon this Sunday, November 5.

Fifty area runners will represent our charity team in the TCS New York City Marathon, a 26.2-mile journey throughout the city’s five boroughs.

Plus, meet some runners from the Philippines who are supporting our cause.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Ryan benefits kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

To track our charity team in Sunday’s race head here!

To learn more about the background behind WNEP’s Ryan’s Run, click here!

Take a look behind the scenes of the TCS New York City Marathon with the Race Director and President Peter Ciaccia.

Back Mountain’s Dr. Patrick Kilduff to run NYC Marathon for niece Eva

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KINGSTON TWP. — Patrick Kilduff, a Commonwealth Health family practice doctor in the Shavertown office, will compete in Sunday’s New York City Marathon as a partner in WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8.

Ryan’s Run is an official Silver Charity Partner of the New York City Marathon and is raising money to support Allied Services Integrated health System.

Kilduff’s inspiration is his 4-year-old niece, Eva, a beneficiary of the Allied Services program.

Eva was born with 2/3 of her liver outside of her body, a condition known as an omphalocele. She was born eight weeks early and had bilateral ventricular bleeds (strokes) in her brain which delayed her development.

To date, Kilduff has raised $13,179 – that’s 264 percent of his goal of $5,000. InterMountain Medical Group has raised $1,900 through donations and the sale of bracelets.

And the Winner Is… Top Spot Announced in WNEP’s Ryan’s Run School Challenge

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After weeks of fundraising, the results of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 school challenge are in.

Jefferson Elementary School in the Mount Cobb area of Lackawanna County took the top spot.

Back in August, WNEP’s charity campaign challenged schools in our area to see which district could collect the most cash for the cause.

The students in the Mount Cobb area raised just over $4,000 for WNEP’s Ryan’s Run.

The campaign benefits kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run is spearheaded by Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey who visited Jefferson Elementary Tuesday.

In total, WNEP’s Ryan’s Run school challenge raised more than $10,000!

BACKGROUND INFO:

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run involves a team of 50 area runners who will join Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey in the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5. Only two weeks remain in this year’s campaign. There’s still time to get involved.  Head here to donate!

You can also mail donations to:

Allied Services Foundation
c/o Ryan’s Run
100 Abington Executive Park
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
570-348-1407

Here’s a list of the schools that participated in WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 school challenge:

Winning School: Jefferson Elementary with $4,016 – Home of the Jefferson Jack Rabbits running club
Second Place: Neil Armstrong Elementary with $1,645 – Home of the Mighty Milers running club.
Third Place: Mid Valley School District
Fourth Place: Allied Services dePaul School with $525 – Home of the Griffin Running Squad
Fifth Place: Valley View High School with $425
SCHOOL CHALLENGE SPONSOR – HIGHMARK BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield sponsored School Rules and the Kick-Start Running Club which encourages local children to get active and run. Kick-Start Running Club is a five-week program for children of all ages. The program ended with WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 5K on October 7. Local schools such as Jefferson Elementary, Allied Services DePaul, Neil Armstrong, and the Moscow Running Club took part in the 5K.

TRACK MY RUNNER – TCS NYC MARATHON

On November 5th, Team Leckey will join 50,000 athletes from around the world for the legendary TCS New York City Marathon. How can can you pick your favorite runner out of the crowd? Thanks to the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services, you can track up to 10 runners at any one time. Simply download the app and enter the bib number or name of your chosen runner(s). You’ll be able to see mile-marker splits and be able to follow your runner on the interactive map.

The app is available for free on Google play and at the App Store. Runner tracking is also available on the web at http://bit.ly/2h7txqT?

Ryan’s Run: A Small-Town Team Raising Big-City Dollars to Challenge Disability

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Each year, there’s a face in the TCS New York City Marathon field that’s especially familiar to runners and spectators from northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

Ryan Leckey, a morning news reporter at WNEP-TV in Scranton, PA, has made a tradition out of taking on the New York City Marathon with a team of runners from the WNEP viewing area—all for a cause that’s close to the community’s heart.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run is a fundraiser that leverages the reach of local TV to raise money for Allied Services, a non-profit organization that provides rehabilitation services to individuals managing chronic conditions or recovering from illness, injury, or surgery.

The team has grown from just five runners who raised $100,000 in 2010, to 50 runners who raised more than $500,000 in 2016, putting Allied on par with nationally and internationally recognized TCS New York City Marathon charity partners.

“Our campaign has been the little engine that could,” says Leckey. “We’re delivering big-city dollars and big changes to people’s lives.”

In its first seven years, Ryan’s Run raised $2.1 million.

“The amazing viewers of WNEP are really the reason our campaign has been so successful,” says Leckey. “They are giving, and they care about helping their neighbors. People in this part of the country have each other’s backs.”

Lauren Summa, a teacher from Scranton who will run her first marathon on November 5, feels that sense of community each time she’s at Allied.

Her son Jack has a rare genetic condition called Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. “He faces challenges with nearly every facet of his daily life, from walking and talking to eating and using the bathroom,” she explains. “Jack has grown from a 3-year-old boy with no ability to communicate or ambulate to a bustling first-grader who uses sign language, spells, reads, and never rests!”


“He loves going to Allied for his therapies,” Summa adds. “The staff all know him and treat him like their own. The pediatric waiting room has also become an unofficial therapist’s office for me. I can talk and connect with other parents who have children with disabilities.”

Just like Summa, each member of the Ryan’s Run team dedicates their 26.2 miles to someone receiving care at Allied. “Most of the runners have a personal connection, whether they have a grandmother recovering from a stroke or they’re a parent of a child with a disability,” explains Leckey, who’s running on behalf of Jake, a 5-year-old born with spina bifida.

“He’s a super cool kid,” says Leckey, who met Jake when he was in wheelchair. Today, Jake’s walking and playing like any child his age.

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Jake (left) shows off his skills at the 2015 All-Abilities Walk. “It’s like the Super Bowl of Allied,” says Leckey (right). 

Bringing high-tech treatment to small towns

The funds raised through Ryan’s Run allow Allied to invest in cutting-edge rehab technology that not only improves the lives of kids like Jack and Jake, but also saves local families time and money by not having to travel to cities like Philadelphia or New York for treatment.

Following the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, donations funded the purchase of three robotics- and computer-assisted therapy devices, among many other pieces of rehab equipment.

“On a daily basis, I am blessed with the opportunity to experience the benefits that WNEP’s Ryan’s Run has provided to my patients,” says Jaclyn Henry, PT, DPT, a physical therapist at Allied Services Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

In fact, it’s what drove her to join the Ryan’s Run 8 team and train for her second marathon. “Being part of a group of runners who constantly support and inspire each other is one of my favorite parts,” she says.

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Physical therapist Jaclyn Henry (left) is dedicating her marathon to her patient Colleen Birmelin (right).

While training for her own 26.2, Henry also helped coach 50 of her Allied colleagues though a 5K training program. The group met twice a week for 10 weeks and ran their first 3.1-miler on October 7 at WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 5K.

The event also includes an All-Abilities Walk, which gives pediatric and adult patients at Allied an opportunity to show off new skills, whether that means improved use of a wheelchair or walking with or without an assistive device.

“The joy on their faces is something I’ll always remember,” says Henry. “Independence at any level is a magical thing.”

The fundraising effort that never sleeps

In addition to hosting an annual 5K, the Ryan’s Run team organizes a variety of fundraising events, from happy hours to kickball tournaments to pool parties.

“It’s become a year-round effort that hones in our three big goals—inspiring fitness, challenging disability, and changing lives,” says Leckey. An avid CrossFitter, he has a favorite among the fundraisers: Clash for Cash, a fitness competition at Mohegan Sun Pocono casino in Wilkes-Barre, PA, that invites teams to battle it out over burpees and box jumps.

Kids get in on the fundraising action, too. 

In the lead-up to the TCS New York City Marathon, Ryan’s Run hosts a School Rules contest to help youth become more aware of people with disabilities. Students are encouraged to come up with creative fundraiser ideas, and the school that raises the money appears on live TV in late October.

Outside of the classroom, teachers can implement the Kick-Start Running Club, a five-week 5K training program that encourages kids and their families to run for a good cause. Participating schools are matched with a Ryan’s Run team member who provides training advice and tips for staying motivated, and the program concludes with the WNEP Ryan’s Run 5K.   

Jaclyn Henry (front, right) gets a group of Allied employees ready to take on their first 5K. 

With full hearts and strong bodies, they’re ready to race

With so much meaning behind each runner’s 26.2 miles, the Ryan’s Run team couldn’t be more excited for November 5.

“Not only will the TCS New York City Marathon be my first marathon, but it will be the first race I have taken part in since I was on my high school’s cross-country team almost 20 years ago,” says Summa. “Every year, our team would set up a water station at mile 24 of the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton. I remember being so inspired by the thousands of runners, and I knew that someday I wanted to complete a marathon myself.”

Finding the right charity was key to Summa tackling her lifelong goal. “If you’re doing something that you truly hold dear, you’ll find that warrior within yourself,” she says.

The race will also be a big life accomplishment for Henry, who hasn’t run 26.2 since the 2013 Steamtown Marathon. “I am looking forward to everything,” she says. “The night-before nerves, the bus ride to the charity village where I’ll finally be together with all of my 50 teammates, the euphoria I’ll feel with all the spectators cheering us on, and of course crossing the prestigious finish line.”

“It gives you chills and almost makes you tear up thinking about how passionate the city is about this race,” says Leckey, who will traverse the five boroughs alongside his morning photographer, Corey Burns, and Julie Sidoni, an evening anchor at WNEP.

Ryan Leckey (left) and his colleagues take part in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines.

Still, even on a day when the Big Apple feels as warm and welcoming as central Pennsylvania, these runners will have a special group of people on their minds.

“Our hearts are always back with the patients,” says Leckey.

And the Winner Is… Top Spot Announced in WNEP’s Ryan’s Run School Challenge

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After weeks of fundraising, the results of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 school challenge are in.

Jefferson Elementary School in the Mount Cobb area of Lackawanna County took the top spot.

Back in August, WNEP’s charity campaign challenged schools in our area to see which district could collect the most cash for the cause.

The students in the Mount Cobb area raised just over $4,000 for WNEP’s Ryan’s Run.

The campaign benefits kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run is spearheaded by Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey who visited Jefferson Elementary Tuesday.

In total, WNEP’s Ryan’s Run school challenge raised more than $10,000!

BACKGROUND INFO:

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run involves a team of 50 area runners who will join Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey in the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5. Only two weeks remain in this year’s campaign. There’s still time to get involved.  Head here to donate!

You can also mail donations to:

Allied Services Foundation
c/o Ryan’s Run
100 Abington Executive Park
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
570-348-1407

 

Here’s a list of the schools that participated in WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 school challenge: 

  1. Winning School: Jefferson Elementary with $4,016 – Home of the Jefferson Jack Rabbits running club
  2. Second Place: Neil Armstrong Elementary with $1,645 – Home of the Mighty Milers running club.
  3. Third Place: Mid Valley School District
  4. Fourth Place: Allied Services dePaul School with $525 – Home of the Griffin Running Squad
  5. Fifth Place: Valley View High School with $425

SCHOOL CHALLENGE SPONSOR – HIGHMARK BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield sponsored School Rules and the Kick-Start Running Club which encourages local children to get active and run. Kick-Start Running Club is a five-week program for children of all ages. The program ended with WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 5K on October 7. Local schools such as Jefferson Elementary, Allied Services DePaul, Neil Armstrong, and the Moscow Running Club took part in the 5K.

Quantum Rehab donates $7,500 to Allied Services to support children and adults with disabilities

Quantum Rehab recently donated $7,500 to Allied Services Integrated Health System. The donation was part of their support of the non-profit’s annual campaign, WNEP’s Ryan’s Run. On November 5, Quantum Rehab employee, Jeffrey Grant, will run the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon as part of a team of 50 runners raising awareness and funds for Allied Services. Quantum Rehab’s donation and other funds raised during the campaign enable Allied Services to invest in cutting-edge rehab technology and services for the benefit of their patients.

Headquartered in Exeter, Pennsylvania, Quantum Rehab is a leading global innovator in complex rehab mobility products designed to increase daily functionality and quality of life. The company is long-time supporters of Allied Services, sponsoring a 5k and All-Abilities Walk each October that brings together children and adults of abilities to celebrate the accomplishments and physical milestones of past and current patients of Allied Services.

PHOTO ID: left to right, Jim Brogna, VP of Corporate Advancement & Communication; Michael Avvisato, Senior VP and CFO; Atty. Bill Conaboy, President & CEO, Allied Services; Scott Meuser, Chairman & CEO, Pride Mobility Products Corp; Jay Brislin, Vice President, Quantum Rehab; Megan Kutch, Director of Marketing, Quantum Rehab.

Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, PC proud to sponsor WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8

PHOTO ID: front row, left to right, Atty. Bill Conaboy, President & CEO, Allied Services; WNEP-TV; Ryan Leckey, Reporter/Producer, WNEP TV; Lisa A. Monahan-Gatto, Chief Operating Officer, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, P.C.; Maurya Mellody Carr, PT, MPT, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates.

Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, PC (NERA) recently presented Allied Services Integrated Health System with a check for $15,000, their contribution to the 2017 WNEP’s Ryan’s Run campaign. As 8-year sponsors of the fundraising and awareness raising campaign led by WNEP TV’s Ryan Leckey, NERA have donated more than $115,000 to Allied Services. The proceeds from the Ryan’s Run campaign benefit individuals with disabilities and life-changing injuries served by Allied Services, enabling the non-profit health system to invest in cutting-edge technology, staff and services throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

On November 5, WNEP TV’s Ryan Leckey and 49 other area runners completed the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. The legendary footrace marked the culmination of the WNEP’s Ryan’s Run campaign and months of fundraising and awareness-raising for Allied Services. NERA will be  represented in the marathon by Amy Driscoll-McNulty. She, along with NERA employees have raised additional funds for the campaign through dress-downs days and other activities.

About Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, PC

Founded in 1991, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, PC (NERA) is the region’s premier physician group specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition to providing comprehensive nonsurgical treatment for back and neck pain, board certified physicians provide services for many other disabling conditions in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

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WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 Raises More Than $550,000

November 10, 2017

REPOSTED from WNEP.com WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 raised $554,437 during this year’s charity campaign. The grand total check was unveiled Friday, November 10. It’s ...

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Ryan Leckey$157,248
Jim Brogna$34,429
Corey Burns$24,361
Patrick Kilduff$13,879
Lynn Giacomi$13,904

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