MICHAEL HADZICK Freeland PA Team Member 2019

MICHAEL HADZICK Freeland PA Team Member 2019

As a long time former runner, now turned cyclist, I have incorporated running back into my life. I am looking forward to accepting the challenge of the Ryan’s Run 10 journey and working to improving the lives of children and adults in my own community facing their own challenges.

On November 3rd, Michael Hadzick will run the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon to raise funds for Allied Services. He realized the significant importance of having community resources close at hand through personal experiences. In particular, his nephew was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, and early on in his career, Michael worked with children who have special needs.

Michael is running in honor of four-year-old Katelynn Venesky from Scranton who is a much loved special girl regularly seen at Allied Services in Scranton. She was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome and Autism. As a newborn, she underwent heart surgery, and at eighteen months, she had eye surgery.

As part of Katelynn’s diagnosis, she has very low muscle tone, which makes daily tasks even more difficult. Since Katelynn first started therapy at Allied Services at the age of one, she has made incredible progress. Three years ago, Katelynn was unable to sit up on her own, speak, or even grasp objects.

Today, Katelynn is able to walk with aid of her gait trainer or someone’s hand, is talking non-stop, is able to feed herself, color, and do other fine motor tasks. The cheerful four-year-old loves music and being in her family’s flower / vegetable garden. She also loves to chase after her older brother! Katelynn loves it when her brother stops the ice cream truck outside their house, but is a big fan of vanilla milkshakes preferably from McDonald’s! By sharing Katelynn’s tremendous progress, her family hopes to inspire others to never give up hope even at moments when everything seems impossible!

If you would like to support Michael, please visit his fundraising page.