Last year, I was at the Chicago marathon to cheer and support my
youngest daughter Daniella compete in her first marathon. Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon and what a privilege it was to be there and watch her run such a challenging race. I truly admire her determination and perseverance during the 26 miles and how exciting it was for me see her near the finish line still sharing a beautiful smile! The Chicago marathon is one of the biggest races in the US, averaging some 50,000 runners from all over the world and what impressed me the most was to see hundreds of runners proudly display on their shirts the name of charities they were supporting and running for. A couple of weeks after the race and still inspired by Daniella's accomplishment, I was considering running a marathon again and decided to do some research. Running a marathon is both fearsome and a fascinating commitment, strong physical and mental training. The last marathon I participated was some 35 years ago and since then I got married, raised a family, became an average casual runner, swimmer and an athlete. In order to train and run for a marathon I had to decide if I could become more than an average runner and athlete again in order to accept such challenge. And, during my research, I found the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels (OLA) in Chicago offering me an opportunity to join their running team and at the same time help raise funds the work they do in the West Humboldt Park area, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago. My heart was captured the moment I learned what the Mission does and didn't take me long to accept the challenge, which are; join the Our Lady of the Angels team, raise money for the mission, train, become more than an average runner and run this marathon which is a true test of endurance! Also, it will be such a honor to represent the Mission OLA and I will proudly wear the race shirt during the race and beyond! The Mission makes a huge impact for over 1,000 families in the West Humboldt Park, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago and in the U.S., providing meals, emergency assistance, after school care, senior programs, school supplies and many more and better yet, establishes a Catholic presence in the West Humboldt Park. The Mission is completely supported by private donations (no funding from the Archdiocese or public sources) and the goal this year, is to complete the renovation of the new outreach center.
I'm running this marathon for God, for the Nuns at the Mission, all the volunteers of the Mission and their success to the neighborhood. So, whether you are Catholic or not, please consider helping me achieve this goal and improve the lives of so many families desperately in need. Any amount, big or small will help tremendous! Thank you and God Bless!
Marcos Gaglianone --- Team Mission of Our Lady of the Angels will be fundraising through the
2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Shamrock Shuffle! Mission of Our Lady of
the Angels exists to provide material and spiritual support to the West
Humboldt Park, Chicago- one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the United
States. The Mission feeds about 1000 families a month, provides additional
material and pastoral support to families, youth, and senior citizens, and,
most importantly, brings the love of Christ to a neighborhood
desperately in need of hope. Funds will be used to complete
the renovation of the Mission's new outreach center to the poor in West
Humboldt Park, Chicago. The new outreach center will provide the very needed space for the
Mission's donation storage/ distribution, a handicapped accessible kitchen/
dining room, meeting space for neighborhood and retreat groups, and a 60+
bedroom retreat center for volunteers and retreat guests. Information about the
Mission at www.missionola.comInformation about the
outreach center renovation project at https://missionola.com/school.html We need your help to complete
this project! Be part of the miracle that is TEAM OLA!
The Mission is a 501(c)(3)
and relies entirely on the donations of private donors.