Virtual fundraiser gets participants on the path to healthier living

Mission of Mercy Arizona (MOM), a Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to providing free primary medical care and medications to those in need, will host the Spring Into Wellness Virtual Challenge in April 2021.


Through a mix of easy health and wellness tips and activities, the Spring Into Wellness Virtual Challenge is an opportunity for participants to take charge of their own health and tackle weekly challenges based on their individual goals. Challenges will include fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and healthy-planning activities, and will be communicated to participants via weekly emails.


Cost to participate is $25; donations are encouraged to raise vital funds for Mission of Mercy Arizona. Register online at Participants are also asked to form wellness teams, and get friends, family and co-workers involved. All proceeds raised via the challenge will be used to fund clinic operations for Mission of Mercy, including primary healthcare, diabetes education, and chronic disease management and prevention. More than 80% of MOM’s patients have one or more chronic condition, including diabetes, high cholesterol or hypertension.


”Now, more than ever, the importance of being healthy – and staying healthy – is a concept we can all appreciate,” said Paula Carvalho, executive director of Mission of Mercy Arizona. “Whether it’s taking precautions while navigating the coronavirus or learning how to balance a healthy lifestyle with the pressures of daily life, our hope is to empower participants on their wellness journeys. We can all take steps to improve our overall mental and physical health.”


Health matters. That’s why our community needs Mission of Mercy. Through six clinics operating five days per week across the Valley and a network of more than 200 volunteer doctors, nurses and medical interpreters, Mission of Mercy provides approximately 3,000 patients with medical care and vital prescription medications each year.

Unlike other free or low-cost healthcare clinics, Mission of Mercy Arizona has no cumbersome prequalification process, which can be a barrier to care for patients and sometimes deters people from seeking medical help.


In fiscal 2020, Mission of Mercy Arizona provided approximately 14,000 free patient visits facilitated by approximately 200 active volunteers. There are six mobile clinics located in the communities of Phoenix, Mesa, Avondale, Maryvale and Chandler.