AMY NEUGEBAUER, Beach Lake, Team Member 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2019

AMY NEUGEBAUER, Beach Lake, Team Member 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2019

I’m beyond excited to be part of Team Allied Services 10. I have been a team member before, but this year is much different. I’m running for my ambassador, Emily, and for my dad, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in September and just finished chemotherapy in April.

On November 3, Amy Neugebauer will run the TCS New York City Marathon. This will be the fourth time the teacher, runner and fitness enthusiast from Beach Lake has run this iconic marathon on behalf of Allied Services. Amy is an Abbott World Marathon Majors medal holder, completing 6 of the world’s largest races.

This November, she will run in honor of Emily Cruse, a patient at Allied Services. Emily was born 14 weeks premature and only weighed an amazing 1 pound and 11 ounces! She required life-saving services in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While receiving that critical care, Emily developed an infection that deteriorated her left shoulder joint and caused other complications in her development. At only 21-days-old, Emily was life-flighted and endured multiple surgeries to clean the infection in her shoulder. In fact, between multiple surgeries and long hospitalizations, Emily did not make it home until she was nearly 3 months old! She also endured multiple laser surgeries to correct Retinopathy of Prematurity. Through it all, Emily was a very brave and determined young girl.

Emily began physical therapy at Allied Services at 9 months old in order to rehabilitate her shoulder and receive support in reaching developmental milestones. Occupational therapists at Allied Services helped Emily develop fine motor skills as well as assisting her in overcoming many sensory issues. Emily also received speech and language pathology with therapist Paul Harrington.

Now 11 years old, Emily is a thriving sixth grader who loves math and art, especially drawing! She continues to see her physical therapist, Janine Kane, once a week to treat the arthritis that developed in her shoulder as a result of the earlier infection.

To support Amy's fundraising efforts, visit her fundraising page.