Friday, April 23, 2010

Team Supports Mercy at Sacramento’s River City Marathon!

1On Sunday, the residents of the Mercy Ministries’ Lincoln home were excited to cheer on their Run for Mercy team at the starting line for the River City Marathon and Half Marathon in Sacramento. Our amazing team of 21 runners gathered, along with friends, family and volunteers, to set out on the scenic asphalt trail that runs beside the American River to help raise support for Mercy Ministries! A total of $10,000 was raised for the young women we serve!

3All of the runners gathered the night before the race at the Lincoln home for a pre-race pasta party to meet their team members and eat lunch with the Mercy girls. Melissa Babasin, team captain for We Choose Hope, shared what inspired her to run for Mercy and encouraged everyone for race day. A close family friend of the Conk’s who recently lost their daughter Alyse in an accident, Melissa shared with supporters that Alyse was on the waiting list for Mercy Ministries. Melissa and Alyse’s older sister Ashley made the brave decision to form a Run for Mercy team to honor the memory of this beloved young woman and to support Mercy. Here is what Melissa had to say about the race:

“God is so good and I love that He wanted to show up and use me to raise support for Mercy and honor Alyse! God wants to show us He is bigger than we can even imagine. What an awesome experience this has been for me!!”
Here is what a few of the residents had to say about the encouragement they received during these events:

Jess said, “It is humbling to know what these supporters have done for us. They’ve been thinking about the Mercy girls throughout these several months that they have been training for this race, and that is really cool.”

Prisca said, “I have been very touched by these wonderful people who ran an entire marathon to help raise money for us. They don’t even know me and they are still demonstrating their love and support. I think that is awesome!”

A big thanks to the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento’s NBA All-Star team, for there generous donation to the race! Mercy Ministries would also like to thank all of our runners who brought faith to life with their generosity. They are truly inspiring!

Opportunities are still available to support Mercy Ministries by running or walking for Team Mercy. Register online at by joining an existing team, forming a new team, or participating as an individual runner at a race near you.