My name is Mary Connolly and I am the Manager of our Mercy Home Heroes program.

We are so excited to have you join our Heroes team, which brings hope and healing to the boys and girls of Mercy Home. Since 1887, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has provided children and families with healing and tools to build brighter futures. It gives children who’ve experienced abuse, neglect, or violence a safe home, educational support, and career guidance.

I have been a runner and professional fundraiser for more than 25 years. I have run 12 Marathons – including Chicago twice – and 50 Half Marathons. During that time, I have been a serial charity runner having raised over $100,000 for a variety of causes - including Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. I’ve learned a lot through trial and error on how to do this successfully. I am also a Road Runners Club of America certified coach, so whether you have questions about the training plan or want to maximize your fundraising, I’m here to help.

I will be out there training with you all summer (look for the schedule in the Heroes eNews to find out when I'll be at your training site). Then I will be cheering for you on Marathon Day along our Mercy Mile. I am looking forward to meeting you, running with you, and helping you be a successful marathoner and fundraiser.


Thanks for being a Hero to our kids!