Running in Memory of Kara Cook


LEMON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Runners lined up to raise money and remember a little girl in Wyoming County.

Kara Cook passed away from cancer last year. She was just 11 years old.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey has featured Kara over the years during Ryan’s Run while she underwent therapy at Allied Services.

Saturday’s run around Lake Carey near Tunkhannock was held in her honor.

“It’s awesome to see community support and everything to be a family whether you’re related or not. I just really feel blessed,” said Alicia Cook, Kara’s mother.

Kara Cook is a former Ryan’s Run ambassador.

Allied Services Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon Set for Sunday, November 4, 2018

Scranton, Pa, February 11, 2018 – Allied Services was named an Official Charity Partner of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, it was announced today by Jim Brogna, Vice President of Corporate Advancement and Communications for Allied Services. The race will take place on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

“Allied Services is thrilled to be named as an official charity partner of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Jim Brogna, Vice President of Corporate Advancement and Communications. “The TCS New York City Marathon has provided a transformative experience not only for our dedicated runners raising funds for our cause, but also for our employees and the individuals and families we serve. We are proud to support them on their journey to the iconic finish line as they raise important funds to benefit children and adults with disabilities at Allied Services.”

More than 350 official charity partners will be part of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, providing thousands the opportunity to run in the world’s most popular marathon.

Allied Services is a non-profit health system of more than 3,000 employees and volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, life-changing injuries and chronic illness. This diverse provider of rehabilitative, vocational, home care and residential services touched the lives of more than 5,000 people in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania each day. Since 2010, more than 200 athletes have completed the TCS New York City Marathon while helping to raise more than $2.6 million. The funds raised have enabled Allied Services to invest in cutting-edge rehab technology and programs to transform the lives of their patients.

“We are proud to welcome Allied Services to our official charity partner program for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Christine Burke, vice president of runner products and services for New York Road Runners. “Participants in our official charity partner program are able to reach their goal of running 26.2 miles across New York City while directly impacting causes that are important to them through their fundraising efforts. We are inspired by their commitment and wish them the best of luck as they begin their amazing journey to the TCS New York City Marathon.”

For more information on the official charity partner program, please visit:

About the TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon is the preeminent event of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the world’s premier community running organization.  Held annually on the first Sunday of November, it’s the largest marathon in the world featuring over 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to runners of all ages and abilities, including approximately 9,000 charity runners. Participants from approximately 140 countries tour the diverse neighborhoods of the city’s five boroughs – Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. Race morning also features the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park, with participants finishing at the same finish line that will be crossed hours later by the marathon field. More than one million spectators and 10,000 volunteers line the city’s streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the television broadcast. The race is a founding member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowns the top professional male and female marathoners each year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 48th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 4, 2018. To learn more, visit

5K Run and Walk planned to remember young girl’s life

A 5k run and walk is being planned to celebrate the life of a young girl from Tunkhannock. The Run to Remember will take place on Saturday, March 31st at Lake Carey Volunteer Fire Company in Tunkhannock. It will be hosted in memory of Kara Cook of Tunkhannock.

In September 2017, Kara passed away after a third courageous battle with cancer. She was just 11 years old. With the blessing of Kara’s family, proceeds from the run will benefit Allied Services pediatric programs. Kara was both a patient and an ambassador of Allied Services, sharing her success in rehab and inspiring other patients and families.  The event is being organized by Adam Edwards of Tunkhannock, a friend of the Cook family.

“Kara was a beautiful, caring and kind young lady, and the strongest kid I’ve known. Her smile lit up the room. She is so missed by her family and friends” notes Adam. “I hope this day will be an opportunity to focus on happy memories of Kara and by supporting the non-profit organization, give other children and families hope as they recover from an injury or mark new milestones in therapy.”

The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. with registration at Lake Carey Volunteer Fire Company on Siren Road. The race will start at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by awards presentation at 11:00 a.m. The run and walk follows a mostly flat course around Lake Carey, and all ages are welcome to participate. The first 100 entrants will receive a commemorative race t-shirt. Registration is $20 with all proceeds benefitting children with disabilities served by Allied Services. Pre-registration is available here.

Individuals and businesses can support by participating in the run/walk or by sponsoring the event. For sponsorship opportunities contact Adam Edwards at

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


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

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


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


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


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!


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

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

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.


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

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.


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.


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.

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