May 12, 2018, members of the ELGA Wellness Team joined many others from our community to raise money for the Genesee County Free Medical Clinic. Starting at the Mott Community College campus, the path for this 5K took participants through a residential area nearby, looping back to Mott. The weather was much kinder than it was for our last race, hovering around 50*. It did not rain at any point, but remained that sweet degree of overcast that ensured we didn’t go home with sunburns and/or heatstroke. I truly do not think we could have asked for better weather for this event. ELGA, a major sponsor of the Healing Hands Walk, was amazingly well represented and successful at this event, with our Wellness Team earning several medals for setting best times in gender-specific age groups.

The best thing about this race for me was learning about an area in our community that I was previously unaware of. I was born in Flint and raised in Swartz Creek; my husband and I live in Flint Township now. I thought I knew this city pretty well! But the path for the Healing Hands Race took me through an area of Flint that I literally didn’t even know existed. The residential area we trekked through was beautiful – cute, well-kempt houses lined the streets, making us feel like we were walking and running through an idyllic movie suburb. We walked next to a lightly wooded area, by a stream, and even by a public playground. I wish this was the Flint that the rest of the nation saw and heard about. It was a great reminder that even though we have our share of problems here, there’s plenty of good here, too!

The Genesee County Free Medical Clinic is something that I rarely hear about. I was thrilled to help raise funds and awareness for this vital resource is available to people in our community living in extreme poverty. All services are provided to qualifying Genesee County residents at no cost. The Genesee County Free Medical Clinic is staffed by volunteers and is affiliated with all three major hospitals serving Genesee County – Hurley, McLaren, and Genesys – as well as with local imaging centers and labs.  The route of our race may have reminded me of the physical beauty hidden away in the middle of Flint, but seeing all of the people who turned out to support GCFMC and help take care of others in the community reminded me of the beauty of the people in our community. I am proud every day that I work for an organization that supports such worthy causes.

This coming Saturday, May 19, 2018, the ELGA Wellness Team will gather again, this time in Burton to support Faithway Christian School and Faith High School in the Race2Grace. We hope to see you there!

Click HERE to view the full event photo album.
Guest Blogger – Jennifer Z., Burton Branch Teller
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