Dear Friends and Family,
I am writing to you because I have decided to run the 2012 Chicago Marathon on behalf of Misericordia Heart of Mercy, specifically for my brother Craig. In addition to committing myself to the goal of running 26.2 miles, I am also hoping to raise more than $2500 for Misericordia. The challenge of running 26 miles is small compared to the challenges that the Misericordia's residents face on a daily basis. By supporting this organization that is near and dear to my heart, I know I help to support the many wonderful programs and services that Misericordia provides, many of which Craig benefits from daily.
As I start on my training journey in a couple of weeks for the 2012 Marathon in October, Craig will be heading off to State finals in the assisted walk for Special Olympics. After over a decade of competing in this event, he finally took first place in May and is headed to state. His success and progress is due in large part to the tremendous and talented staff at Misericordia who pushes and develops him every day to be the best he can be, which is beyond my wildest dreams. It will be my motivation through this journey, reminding myself each time I get discouraged how easy I have it running on two healthy strong legs with a fully capable body.
Craig has been at Misericordia for over a decade now and it has not only enriched his life but mine as well. To see him be a part of a community that encourages him to reach for his dreams and to see him achieve them is truly rewarding. I never thought I would ever say that Craig was a guitar player, singer or painter but thanks to the amazing programming and nurturing staff at Misericordia he is all of these today! Each time I visit him, spend time on campus or attend a Misericordia event my heart swells with pride to be a part of such an amazing family and organization.
I appreciate your consideration in making a donation towards my fundraising goal and completion of the Marathon on behalf of Misericordia. Not only will it make a difference in Craig's life but also in the lives of the 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities that call Misericordia home. Misericordia is truly a tribute to thousands of good people who share the belief that persons with developmental disabilities are entitled to the best lives possible. It exists because of the good people who share our ministry and support our efforts.
Thank you and God Bless,
What can you do?
You can help in one of two ways. You can be a sponsor and donate for every mile I run, or you can make a lump sum donation to help us at Misericordia. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.