Last Sunday was the Mercy Home Heroes’ time to shine as they supported our kids by running the Bank of Chicago Marathon!
And our 319-person strong team truly did shine as they heroically persevered through the 26.2-mile run, proving to our boys and girls that, with hard work, anything is possible.
Of course, the highlight of that route is the “Mercy Mile” on West Jackson Boulevard in the West Loop, where Mercy Home hosts the best cheer station party on the route and gives our Heroes the encouragement they need to make it across the finish line.
One party isn’t enough for our Heroes, however—there was another party waiting for them at DePaul University’s student center, our “Heroes Headquarters,” where each of our runners was greeted with a Hero’s welcome, refreshments, hugs from loved ones, and complimentary massages to soothe their sore, tired muscles.
Race weekend kicked off on Friday when our Heroes and their friends and family came together for the annual pasta dinner to feast on carbohydrates and soak up any pre-race motivation.
Around 280 guests – including 107 Heroes from across the United States and even a few other countries – packed the Soccer Building to enjoy a delicious Italian feast provided by John and Janet Nitti of Isola Foods.