Half a Country Apart, Leeuw Runs for Her Brother
By: Michael Izzo
Name: Allison Leeuw
At the time you are reading this, Chris Leeuw, 28, is rehabbing in South Jordan, Utah, over 1,500 miles away from his sister, Allison Leeuw, 33, who is in their hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. Chris is at the Neuroworx facility, a Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Community Fitness and Wellness facility, after an accident in August 2010 left him living with an incomplete C4, C5 spinal cord injury.
The NRN Community Fitness and Wellness facilities are focused on incorporating locomotor training on a treadmill and over ground, electrical stimulation with cycling, cardiovascular exercise and strength training into a complete fitness and wellness program.
"He's had an amazing recovery so far and we hope it continues," says Allison.
Helping from home
Her fundraising goal is simple: $2,620. That's equal to 100 friends, family members, and co-workers donating $1 per mile.
A lot of work ahead
Always a runner, coming from an athletic and outdoorsy family, this will be Allison's first full running marathon, though she has completed half marathons and a walking marathon before. To prepare, she is joining a local running group that includes other people running in Chicago.
While there is a lot of work left to be done with Chris, Allison acknowledges how far he's come, and says she is grateful for the assistance Chris and their family has gotten in the last year. "We know we've been blessed in his recovery so far," says Allison. "Chris has made progress. If it wasn't for the NeruroRecovery Network, places like Neruroworx, I don't know what we would have done. So many people don't have that sort of support."
Look for Allison Leeuw and the rest of Team Reeve in the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9th.
Team Reeve hopes to raise money to help and assist more people like Chris. To make a donation for Allison's run, go here.