Saturday, May 1, 2021
Help Me Run the 2021 Chicago Marathon And Support Catholic Outreach
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I’m happy to announce that for the first time in my life!

I am planning to train for and run a marathon! God willing, this October 10th, I will be running the 2021 Chicago Marathon for Mission Our Lady of the Angels, a Catholic Mission serving the poor on Chicago’s Westside. The Mission has been serving over 3,000 families a month with food and other basic material needs during the pandemic- this is three times the normal number of families they serve! They have been processing and distributing 175,000 to 200,000 lbs. of food a month.

The Mission also assists at-risk kids in after-school programs, serves bi-weekly community meals, and, most importantly, brings the hope of Christ to a neighborhood plagued by gangs, violence, and poverty. 

I am committed to train (running over 400 miles) over the long, hot summer and run 26.2 miles on Marathon Sunday (October 10) . . . and I am counting on your support as my blog reader! I need your prayers to persevere through training and finish the race. Your prayers are needed so I can successfully spread the good news about the Mission through my running. 

Finally, I need your financial support. The Mission is able to provide all of its services to its neighbors for free because of many generous donations from people like yourself. In order to run the Chicago marathon, I need to raise $1,750 for the mission. 

Can you please chip in and make a donation? Donations of any amount will help me toward crossing this finish line as well. Your contributions are to a 501(c)3 registered charity that will directly receive the funds.

The financial need is particularly great this year as the Mission continues their expanded COVID time outreach and finishes the renovations of their new outreach center. The Mission is in process of renovating its new outreach center that will dramatically improve its ability to distribute material resources, host neighborhood groups for meetings, and house the volunteers they rely upon for their work. 

Thank you in advance!


3 comment(s):

del_button May 6, 2021 at 8:03 PM
thisismynamefornow said...

Good luck with your training! I know all about what it is like...I have run 3 marathons and was an avid runner until about 2015. I am just now in my 1st week of trying to get back into it (but probably no marathons ever again!). I hope you reach your fundraising goals and I will keep this all in my prayers.

God bless,

Charles

del_button May 6, 2021 at 8:30 PM
Matthew said...

Thanks so much for the support, Charles!

del_button June 4, 2021 at 2:22 AM
GoldRush Apple said...

Awesome! Best of luck!

I never ran a marathon before but I'll be doing Lincoln Park's Run for the Zoo 5k this Saturday morning. Later this July I'll be running the Big Ten 10k.

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