October 9, 2014

Mercy Medical Center employee ends Tour de Mercy bike ride on top of Italian mountain

Mercy Medical Center employee Chris Christian rode his bicycle for 15 consecutive days through central and southern France, and northern Italy, traveling 2,014 kilometers to raise awareness about cancer while raising funds for Mercy Cancer Center. He called his adventure Tour de Mercy. He has raised more than $2,700 to date and donations are still being accepted.

Christian planned to ride 1,851 kilometers to commemorate 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. He wound up going 163 kilometers further, which is one additional kilometer for every year the Sisters of Charity have provided care in the United States.

He finished his ride September 22 at the summit of Sacro Monte di Oropa in northern Italy, which is the same place where he began his journey September 7. The site is a Catholic devotional complex. Christian dedicated his final stage of Tour de Mercy to his wife Melinda, daughters Annamaria and Grace, and son Denver. He said they were with him every moment.

To read more about his journey, visit the Tour de Mercy blog.

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

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