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Sep 15, 2014

King of the Mountain: Tour de Mercy Tops Formidable Mt. Ventoux

Posted by Jen Carroll on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 - 1:47 PM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Mercy Employee


Tour de Mercy 2014 Mt Ventoux Summit

He did it! This past Sunday Chris Christian completed the most difficult stage of Tour de Mercy: the ascent of Mont Ventoux, a climb made famous in modern times by elite Tour de France cyclists. Also called the "Beast of Provence," Mt. Ventoux gradients average from 3.9 percent to 8.9 percent with frequent strong winds, called mistral, at the summit.  

Sep 12, 2014

More Mountains and Higher Spirits: Chris Rides 'Stage Kennedy'

Posted by Jen Carroll on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 - 2:44 PM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Mercy Employee


Tour de Mercy 2012 | Final Mountain Ascent on 9.11.14 for Chris ChristianAfter a very difficult ride yesterday in the mountains, Chris continued cycling through the French Alps today on what he calls Stage Kennedy, named in honor of Mary Ann Kennedy, mother of Mercy IT employee Ben Kennedy, who lost her battle with cancer several years ago.

Sep 11, 2014

'Turning Around Is Not on My List of Options': Tour de Mercy in the Alps

Posted by Jen Carroll on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 - 2:34 PM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Mercy Employee


Tour de Mercy 2014 | View of the AlpsAt this moment, Chris is resting in a hotel in the French Alps. In his own words, "I am pretty much drained." Yesterday, he sent photos of where he was heading. Before he started, he said:

Sep 10, 2014

Follow Me. I'll Lead You to the Right Road.

Posted by Jen Carroll on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 - 9:08 AM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Mercy Employee


Tour de Mercy 2014 | Biella, Milano, Torino ItalyOur Tour de Mercy pilgrim continued his ride through Italy yesterday, biking 149 kilometres from Biella, brushing by Milano and Torino, and finally resting for the night in Venaria Reale.

It's mountain-climbing time as Chris pushes through the most arduous part of his journey, cycling through the Alps. He says it's going to be a rough week, but it started off with a special, serendipitous meeting. 

Sep 09, 2014

Tour de Mercy Begins: Chris Sets Out on September 7

Posted by Jen Carroll on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 - 9:42 AM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Mercy Employee


Tour de Mercy 2014 | Sanctuary di Oropa in ItalyAfter a lengthy transatlantic flight, Chris Christian arrived safely in Italy on September 7. But, instead of resting as planned, here's what he did:

Aug 25, 2014

Oakwood STEM Concussion Unit to Promote Community Awareness, Partnerships

Posted by Cindy Hickey on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 - 1:23 PM in Community Outreach


This fall 150 seventh-grade students in the Plain Local Schools Oakwood Middle School STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Mercy and Plain Local Schools in Canton Ohio Healthy PartnershipAcademy will extensively explore youth concussions and how they impact everyday life.

Aug 21, 2014

Healthy 4 Life Summer Camp Focused on Good Eating, Good Health & More

Posted by Cindy Hickey on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 - 12:12 PM in Community Outreach


With a grant from the Stark Community Foundation, Mercy Mission Outreach and the Stark County District Library Madge Youtz Branch piloted a free summer camp this year called Healthy 4 Life for kids in northeast Canton.

Aug 08, 2014

Timken Basketball Players Model Healthy Attitudes, Behaviors at Peace Camp

Posted by Cindy Hickey on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 - 9:43 AM in Community Outreach


Community Services of Stark County and members of Timken High School boys basketball team recently piloted a new collaboration on behalf of children from southeast and northeast Canton.

Jul 31, 2014

‘Weekly Funny’: Tuslaw Student Cheers Mercy Patients with Jokes, Drawings

Posted by Cindy Hickey on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 - 12:00 AM in Mercy Patient Story


At the beginning of summer, 9-year-old Nathan Kneidel accepted this challenge from his teachers at RiverTree Christian Church: find a way to serve others through your God-given gifts.

When Nathan talked with his mother Amy about what he’s good at and what he likes to do, they thought of the jokes Nathan shares with his dad Craig, who recently underwent surgery at Mercy for a treatable form of thyroid cancer.

Jul 18, 2014

Allen Elementary Makes Its Best GOTR Showing in 2014

Posted by Cindy Hickey on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 - 2:13 PM in Community Outreach , Mercy Employee


In Mercy's fifth year as the sponsor of the Allen Elementary Girls on the Run (GOTR) team, the students from this Canton City school made their best showing yet! Ten students, including one girl with Downs Syndrome, crossed the finish line of this special 5K with a mission to "inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident" through the activity of running.


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