Run for Mercy 5K to take place Sept. 24

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Melissa Babasin will run to help support Mercy Ministries of Lincoln and keep the memory of a friend alive Sept. 24 at Roseville’s Maidu Park. Babasin, a Roseville resident, is one of 350 registered participants in the Run for Mercy 5K, a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. She will run in memory of her friend, Alyse Conk; a Loomis resident who died in August 2009. Babasin said Conk was in the application process to attend Mercy Ministries, which opened in Lincoln in fall 2009. “This is something that could have possibly saved her life,” Babasin said. “We are on board to promote it because a lot of people don’t know it exists. It’s a way to keep her memory alive.” Mercy Ministries of Lincoln is hoping to raise $75,000 for its Christian residential-counseling program, according to Heather Robinson, Mercy Ministries Lincoln spokeswoman. “Our program is free of charge for the girls and we don’t take any government or state funding,” Robinson said. Monetary support comes from individual donors, businesses and churches, according to Robinson. “This money would be going directly to help the girls that go through the program,” Robinson said. “They stay with us for six months and we provide all of their food and housing, free of charge.” The residential counseling is for females between the ages of 10 and 28, Robinson said. To see an organization featured here, please call 774-7967 or e-mail