5K Walk/Run Will More than Reunite Alumni at Vanguard’s Homecoming

100% proceeds from 5k race to help find a cure for ailing 7-year old daughter of two dedicated Vanguard alums

Costa Mesa, CA, January 29, 2013 – Vanguard University (VU), a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies, announced today that it will host a 5K Walk/Run during Homecoming to raise money for a young daughter of two Vanguard alums in need of medical care. 7-year old Mercy Doyle suffers from a neurological condition that doctors have been trying unsuccessfully to diagnose.

Since she was 2-years old, Mercy has experienced a unique set of symptoms that has stumped leading pediatricians around the country. Symptoms have included tremors in her feet and the loss of muscle coordination resulting in her inability to walk or crawl. Some physicians believe an auto-immune disorder is at the core of the disorder.

Mercy’s parents – Kevin and Camie (Grasser) Doyle –were very active as student resident advisors (RAs) and worship leaders at Vanguard until graduating in 1999; Kevin played on the baseball team for three years. These same servant leadership qualities are evident in their determination to find a treatment for their daughter’s condition.

“The Doyle family has been through an enormous hardship emotionally, spiritually, and financially,” said Joel Gackle, director of alumni relations at Vanguard University. “The Vanguard community has united together in prayer for them. With the money we can raise from this 5k Walk/Run, we hope to also shoulder some of their financial burden by raising money to give Mercy the medical attention she needs.”

When they are not traveling to seek medical care for Mercy, the Doyles and their three children live in Henderson, Nevada, where Kevin is a pastor at Green Valley Christian Center.

“It’s been truly a humbling experience,” Camie Doyle said. “We feel so blessed by everyone who gives. It’s not just money; it’s their time, their talents, their resources. The 5K Walk/Run is on Saturday, February 2 at 9:30 a.m. on the Vanguard campus in Costa Mesa. Registration is open to the public and can be done online at vanguard.edu/RunForMercy or before the race. All ages are welcome. Cost is $10 per entry and all proceeds go to the Mercy Doyle’s medical expenses.

For more information about Vanguard Homecoming, go to vanguard.edu/alumni/news-homecoming

For more information on Mercy’s progress, go to www.prayformercy.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University

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