The Running for Rylan program is a program created by Sam Sivak, a close family friend to Nick and Naka King. Sam and Kristina Sivak are small business owners, avid runners, and parents to five wonderful children in rural Pennsylvania.
"My name is Sam Sivak. I'm a dreamer and a helper. I remember visiting the Kings in the hospital the week Rylan was born, a beautiful healthy baby with overjoyed parents. When Rylan was diagnosed with Dup15q Syndrome 3 years later, we all felt helpless. As close family friends, we wanted to help but we weren't sure how. Through the following years I was stunned to learn how much out of pocket money is spent, the frustrations with insurance companies not recognizing certain disabilities and the lag times in insurance reimbursement when they do recognize them. I also realize, to make matters even more complicated, that these families often really struggle financially due to cost associated with adaptive equipment, therapies and life saving medications.
As an avid runner, I noticed the running community everywhere I go is very outgoing, generous, caring and supportive and are usually doing races that raise money for some campaign. That is when the dream of "Running for Rylan" came together. Reaching out to our Running community to make those miles count in honor of Rylan. Creating running events that haven't been done before and raising funds to work towards a program that would provide financial assistance to families affected by dup15q syndrome for safety equipment that is not covered by insurance. Specifically Seizure Monitors and Adaptive Equipment not covered by insurance.
Running for Rylan is working towards a program that would provide financial assistance to families affected by dup15q syndrome for safety equipment that is not covered by insurance. Specifically Seizure Monitors and Adaptive Equipment. Running for Rylan provides part or all of the *financial assistance towards the purchase of an Item listed below for qualified individuals.
Seizure Devices and Technology * Up to *$500
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a concern for many Dup15q parents whose child has seizures during the night. While no device has been proven to prevent seizure-related deaths, technology is available that can significantly lower the risk.
Adaptive Equipment: * Up to $300
Many children with Dup15q Syndrome have motor delays that require specific support and the use of adaptive equipment such as adaptive strollers, seats, walkers, & bath chairs.