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Local ice cream store makes life sweeter for people with disabilities at Allied Services

Left to right: Ralph Morris, Dickson City; Kris Padula, Mount Cobb; Maria Dombrowski, Mount Cobb; Jim Brogna, Mountain Top.

Anyone stopping by Smokin’ Joe’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Mount Cobb on September 23rd was in for a sweet surprise. The family run store hosted a one day fundraiser to benefit children and adults with disabilities at Allied Services. Kids activities, raffles, bounce houses and music held the crowd’s attention until the big event – the ice cream sundae eating contest. Jim Brogna, VP of Corporate Advancement Communication at Allied Services Integrated Health System was among those competing. On November 5, he will run the TCS New York City Marathon to raise funds for children and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services. Jim is running in honor of Ralph Morris from Dickson City. In 2007, Ralph suffered a brain injury in a devastating car accident. In the decade since the accident, Ralph has made huge progress in his recovery thanks to the support of his family and the therapists at Allied Services to recover from his injuries. Now 18, Ralph is a senior in high school and a candidate for eagle scout. He went head to head with Jim and the other competitors in the ice cream eating contest. The fundraiser raised a total of $2,165 which will go towards advanced rehab technology at Allied Services as part of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8.

Jack Williams Tire making a difference for people with disabilities


Jack Williams Tire recently presented Allied Services Integrated Services with a $15,000 donation as part of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run. The annual charity campaign involving WNEP’s Ryan Leckey culminates with a team of 50 area runners completing the TCS New York City Marathon. In the lead up the race, the team and its supporters raise funds to enable the purchase of cutting-edge rehab technology to benefit children and adults with disabilities at Allied Services. Since 2011, Jack Williams Tire has donated more than $100,000 to Allied Services in support of the campaign that touches the lives of local families and individuals.

This year, Andrew Strange, manager of Jack Williams Tire store in Kingston will take part in the TCS New York City marathon. This will be his first marathon. Colleagues and customers at the 36 Jack Williams Tire locations in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania have been showing their support for Andrew and Allied Services by purchasing footprints for $1.

Left to right: Andrew Strange, Store Manager, Jack Williams Tire; Tom Vose, Director of Training & Development, Jack Williams Tire; Ryan Leckey, Reporter/Producer of Leckey Live, Newswatch 16 This Morning; Brenden McCormick, Service Training Manager, Jack Williams Tire; Rebecca Griffis,Marketing Manager, Jack Wiliams Tire; Brynn Griffis; Corey Burns, Assistant Chief Photographer, WNEP TV.

The New Frontier of Digital Medicine: Could Your Cell Phone Help Detect a Concussion?

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Could your cell phone be the new frontier of digital medicine, especially when it comes to detecting a concussion?

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey took a closer look at a new app that’s on the horizon. It’s called “PupilScreen.”Physical therapist and concussion specialist Maurya Mellody Carr at Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates explained how it works.

Physical therapist and concussion specialist Maurya Mellody Carr at Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates explained how it works.

Carr also stressed that even though some technology could help detect a concussion, it’s still important to seek out a medical professional in diagnosing the concussion.

Click here for a closer look at this future app.

You can also review the entire research study on the cell phone technology by heading here.

As for a concussion, medical experts define it as a type a traumatic brain injury that occurs from either a blow or jarring mechanism to the brain.

Signs and symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, sleep disturbances and light and sound sensitivity just to name a few.

Some high tech treatments already underway at Northeastern Rehabilitation Associations include: using virtual reality gear to simulate experiences, such as driving a car, that a patient may struggle with after a concussion.

Other high tech tools being used today to help people rebound from a head injury also include a heart rate variable training app.

These devices also tie into traditional treatments including visual exercises, balance activities, and “return to play program” which is basically a five-level program that an athlete must pass before returning to his/her sport.

Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, just off the Morgan Highway in Scranton, is one of eight corporate sponsors of WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run.

Northeastern Rehab is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician practice.

In addition to concussions, the facility in our area also specializes in musculoskeletal pain. The practice also provides spinal injections and a whole host of alternative treatments.

Click here to learn more about Northeastern Rehab.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run is the charity campaign helps kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

Head here to donate and learn more.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield supports Allied Services at dePaul School

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Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield recently presented funding to Allied Services Foundation at the dePaul School for Dyslexia to support children’s health programs. Highmark is a signature sponsor of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run this year and the School Rules and Kick-Start Running Club programs. The School Rules program engages local schools in thinking about disability issues and raising funds for individuals with disabilities. The Kick-Start Running Club offers school-age students the opportunity to learn about making good choices as part of a healthy lifestyle and prepare to participate in their first 5k run. Students at the dePaul School are participating in the Kick-Start Running Club, thanks to $7,500 in funding from Highmark. From left, Highmark employees Pam Gurtis, Katie Kemmerer and Eileen Marsico; Chris Langley, Allied Services; and Tina Sanko, dePaul School student and Kick-Start Running Club member.

Record Crowd for WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 5K & All Abilities Walk

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SCRANTON — It was the biggest turnout to date for WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run 5K and All Abilities Walk in Scranton.

More than 400 people ran in Saturday morning’s 5K. It started and finished at the stadium at the Scranton High School.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run benefits kids and adults with disabilities at Allied Services.

Following the 5K, came the most memorable part of the morning: the all-abilities walk.

Many patients helped by Allied work all year to accomplish a lap or more around the track.

“The vibe is unexplainable. It’s amazing what it means for all new moms and fathers out there just to embrace it, embrace every inch and every mile that your child can do,” said Mary Beth Czyzycki of Swoyersville, whose son receives therapy at Allied Services.

If you didn’t make the event, you can still support the cause championed by Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey by going to wnep.com/ryansrun.

The final amount raised from this year’s campaign will be announced next month.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 5K & All Abilities Walk 2017

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It’s an event that some parents and kids in our area consider to be like Christmas!

It all surrounds WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 5K & All Abilities Walk.

The charity event takes place this Saturday, October 7, at Valor Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Scranton High School.

A number of young patients who receive therapy at Allied Services work all year long to be able to take part in the All Abilities Walk at the event along Providence Road in Scranton.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey highlighted the event Wednesday from Scranton Running Company which is helping to time and organize the charity 5K race.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run raises money to help change the lives of kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

On Saturday, area runners can test their 5K times at the event, meet our Ryan’s Run team, and the patients they are running for as part of November’s TCS NYC Marathon.

QUICK FACTS: 

  • WHAT: WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 5K & All Abilities Walk
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 7.
  • TIME: Registration is at 8 a.m. 5K starts at 9 a.m. Walk at 10 a.m.
  • WHERE: Valor Field At Veterans Memorial Stadium (Scranton High School)
  • COST: $10.00 for the 5K if you register here by Thursday, Oct. 5. Day of event is $20.00. The All Abilities Walk is free!
  • WHY: The money raised goes toward WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 which benefits kids and adults with disabilities at Allied Services.

Plus, one of the eight corporate sponsors for Ryan’s Run 8, Baker Tilly, describes why it’s so important for the company to support the cause.

Get Your Ride Ready for Fall

Now that it’s finally feeling more like fall instead of summer, it’s a sure sign chillier months are just around the corner.

To help get your ride ready for the cooler weeks ahead, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey teamed up with the pros at Jack Williams Tire & Auto’s Kingston location to tackle fall car care.

Jack Williams is also one of eight corporate sponsors of WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run.

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

To learn more and donate to WNEP’s Ryan’s Run, click here.

For more suggestions when it comes to getting your ride ready for fall, head here!

Weis Markets Proud Seven Year Sponsors of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run

Allied Services Integrated Health System is proud to announce Weis Markets as a returning major sponsor of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8, the annual campaign to raise funds for children and adults with disabilities at Allied Services. As a 7-year major sponsor, Weis Markets has donated more than $100,000 to Allied Services. The funds, along with donations from individuals, school, businesses and other major sponsors, enable the non-profit health system to invest in cutting-edge rehab technology, services and staff to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and life-changing injuries.

“We’re proud to be a Major Sponsor of Ryan’s Run and to be helping individuals and families affected by life-changing injuries and disabilities get the care they need” said Dennis Curtin, Director of Public Relations. “As a locally focused retailer, we are committed to giving back to the communities we serve and are pleased to be working with the Allied Team.”

On November 5, WNEP TV’s Ryan Leckey and 50 other area runners will complete the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. The legendary footrace marks the culmination of the WNEP’s Ryan’s Run campaign and months of fundraising and awareness-raising for Allied Services. Weis Markets will be represented by Adrianne Filkovsky, Assistant Store Manager, Weis Markets in Scott Township.

To learn more about the campaign, major sponsors and how you can get involved visit www.allied-services.org/ryansrun/ or call 570-348-1407.

Front row from left: Jim Brogna, VP Corporate Advancement & Communication, Allied Services; Corey Burns, Assistant Chief Photographer, WNEP-TV; Jennifer Sands, Communications Specialist; John Nicolosi, Assistant Store Manager; Ryan Leckey, Reporter/Producer, WNEP TV; Reggie McCleese, Store Manager; Dennis Curtin, Director of Public Relations, Weis Markets; Sarah Brown, Assistant Store Manager; Adrianne Filkovsky, Assistant Store Manager.

Bark in the Waterpark Sends off Summer

SCRANTON — Some people went for a swim with some pups in Scranton Sunday.

Montage Mountain Resort hosted its Bark in the Waterpark event to mark the end of its summer season.

Pups and their owners could splash around in the wave pool, check out goodies from area vendors, and even practice some doggy yoga or “doga.”

Money raised will benefit WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8, which raises money for kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

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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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Top Fundraisers

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

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