Runner’s 220 mile attempt raises spirits and funds at nursing home

Runner’s 220 mile attempt raises spirits and funds at nursing home

Over the course of 7 days, long distance runner Corey Cappelloni completed 7 ultramarathons. The Scranton, PA native plotted out ultramarathon courses along the route from his home in Washington, DC and the nursing home in Scranton, PA where his grandmother, Ruth, currently lives.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, residents of nursing homes throughout the country have struggled with the emotional impact of no visitor policies designed to protect them. Corey’s 98-year old grandmother, Ruth Andres, is a resident at Allied Services Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Scranton.

“I noticed after the first couple weeks she became more and more sad, scared about everything that was going on,” Cappelloni said in a phone interview. “She’s been feeling very lonely, very scared, and you can tell in her voice. I figured I needed to do something to get her spirits up.”

That’s when Corey’s girlfriend, Susan Kamenar, suggested he find a way to bring some hope and a positive focus for Ruth and other nursing home residents. In a matter of just a few weeks, the plans were made and the Run for Ruth campaign launched. The runner’s previous longest challenge was the Marathon de Sable ultra-marathon trilogy.

“The purpose of the trip, besides seeing Nana, was to raise awareness for residents in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and rehabilitation centers across the world and to thank health-care workers for their heroic efforts during the pandemic.”

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On June 12, Corey set out from his home with Susan following a camper van with his supplies. His daily ultramarathons took him through scenic countryside and some dangerous roadways in and around Elizabethtown, York, Lancaster and Bloomsburg, PA. Corey enjoyed 1 rest day in Bloomsburg, PA, where he attended college.

On June 19, Corey set out from Allied Services Meade Street Skilled Nursing in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Finishing his 220 mile run in the heat of the day, Corey was cheered by staff and supporters as he arrived at his grandmother’s nursing home.

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"When I broke through the finish line banner and looked up and saw my Nana in the 4th floor window, I don’t think there are words to describe the happiness and fulfillment I felt in that moment. When I was able to talk to her with a microphone and hear her voice on the other end through a smart phone, the shared messages of love and for support of the heroic staff that took care of her was awe-inspiring for me.”

Along the way, Corey and Susan raised close to $25,000 to support residents and staff at Allied Services nursing homes. Throughout the pandemic, the non-profit organization has continued to provide life-sustaining care to more than 4,000 people in homes and facilities throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

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