MICHAEL FERGUSON, Dunmore, Team Member 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2019

MICHAEL FERGUSON, Dunmore, Team Member 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2019

The inspirational stories of the of the people helped by the 3000 plus passionate and dedicated employees at all levels of care at Allied Services motivates me through my training and drives me to give my best everyday. I’m proud to be running for Allied Services again this year.

This November, Michael Ferguson will run the TCS New York City Marathon in honor of a special patient at Allied Services. When you think of a “typical” stroke patient, the mind readily drifts towards someone who may be elderly, doesn’t exercise and probably smokes. Bob Quinlan certainly doesn’t fit the bill.

Widely known throughout local communities, Bob has run several half and full marathons, including Steamtown, Boston and New York, along with countless other foot races. He served as race director for the Scranton Half Marathon and president of the local running group S.O.A.R - Scranton Organized Area Runners. His community involvement doesn’t stop there. Bob is noted as starting the Greater Scranton Bag Pipe Band, was the Grand Marshall of the 2013 Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, served as President of the Jefferson Township Lions Club, is a member of the North Pocono Booster Club, and for 23 years, performed as the mysterious and magical Drosselmeyer in the Scranton Civic Ballet’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker.

Now imagine his family’s shock when in June of 2018, this healthy and energetic man suffered a stroke the left him in a hospital bed struggling to speak. Knowing he would need intensive therapy, doctors referred Bob and his family to Allied Services Rehab Hospital in Scranton. For nearly a month, Bob worked tirelessly with a team of specialized therapists to not only regain his voice, but get back on his feet again.

After being discharged from inpatient rehab, Bob continued his therapy through the health system’s outpatient center in Scranton. Now, more than a year later, Bob’s energy, enthusiasm, and voice are returning. While he is still working on being one hundred percent, this fun-loving grandfather is enjoying his return to being active.

To support Michael's efforts visit his fundraising page.