August 18, 2014

Mercy Medical Center employee to bike 1,851 kilometers to fight cancer

Mercy Medical Center employee Chris Christian will ride his road bike for 15 consecutive days, traveling 1,851 kilometers through central and southern France, and northern Italy to raise awareness about cancer while raising funds for Mercy Cancer Center. He calls his adventure Tour de Mercy.

His chosen distance commemorates the legacy of Mercy’s founders, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, who left Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France, on September 24, 1851—the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mercy—to care for the people of Northeast Ohio.

Christian said, “Almost everyone in my family has been touched by cancer. I have wanted to give back my entire life but didn't have the resources or the timing was wrong. Now is the time. I'll be 50 in October, so it's now or never.”

A native of Cleveland and graduate of Crestwood High School in Mantua, Ohio, Christian lived in Naples, Sicily and Sardinia, Italy, for more than 12 years. He speaks fluent Italian and once a year visits his two grown children who still live in Italy.

Beginning in Milan, he will cycle through northwestern Italy, the French Alps, and central and southeastern France, returning to Milan on September 23. He will fly home to Canton on September 24, just in time to celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mercy.

All trip-related expenses are paid, so 100 percent of donations will benefit Mercy Cancer Center. Click here to make a secure donation.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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