Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Guest Blogger, Whitney Nall!

Hey there!

Whitney Nall here! As Community Relations Manager for Mercy here in Nashville, one of my favorite things to share with you is Run for Mercy! This past weekend we had 65 people RUN FOR MERCY in the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon. So far the team has raised over $32,000 for Mercy through their personal fundraising efforts. It’s so true that “we have not because we ask not” and it’s been amazing to see the funds come in as each of these people has asked their contacts to donate towards Mercy. I thought you’d enjoy seeing some pics from the fun weekend! It all started on Friday night with a Pasta Party here at the Nashville Mercy Home.

We woke up before the sun on Saturday morning, and as the runners took their marks, some volunteers and I set up the Mercy tent over in Charity Village near the finish line. It was fun to have team members stop by the tent throughout the day after they finished the race.

The Nashville Mercy girls were at the finish line cheering on the runners as they came around the last turn of the race. The runners could easily spot them in their bright pink shirts and each team member I spoke to said that seeing them cheering was the highlight of their run! The girls are the reason they were running in the first place.

One of my favorite things about Run for Mercy events is that they are fun for the whole family. Whether it’s coming out to cheer on the runners at the marathon or an early morning run in one of our upcoming 5Ks, Run for Mercy events are something that each person in the family can be a part of. Here is a photo of my family on Saturday!! (Including our dog, “Major!” He is actually a boy but wore his pink Run for Mercy bandanna just for the race)

Hope to see you at one of our upcoming Run for Mercy events soon!! Check out this website to find out when an event is coming to a city near you: To see a video of the Mercy girls at the marathon, click here.