25th annual Healing Hands 5k goes virtual

Runners and walkers line up for a past Healing Hands 5k. Because of COVID-19 this year’s event, which benefits the Genesee County Free Medical Clinic, will be virtual. File photo

Runners and walkers line up for a past Healing Hands 5k. Because of COVID-19 this year’s event, which benefits the Genesee County Free Medical Clinic, will be virtual. File photo

GENESEE COUNTY — Lace up your running shoes and get ready to help out a great community resource as the Healing Hands 5k takes off May 16.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of Michigan directives, organizers had to get creative in making the race happen this year. In turn, the 5k is going virtual.

Runners and walkers can register online now and run or walk the race at their own pace and turn in their finishing time on the website. Registration is $25, and each participant will still receive a race bib and T-shirt via mail.

The race, now in its 25th year, will benefit the Genesee County Free Medical Clinic (GCFMC).

“The 25th Healing Hands 5k walk/ run has brought in approximately 1/3 of the funds to operate the GCFMC,” said Executive Director Stacey Doyle. “The GCFMC is not State Funded and relies on its local partnerships with the medical and business community to provide volunteers and donations to operate the clinic. This year is special as our alumni volunteers were eager to celebrate the silver anniversary of working together for the patients of Genesee County.”

 

 

Founded by Dr. Nagaraju in 1991, the GCFMC serves the health care needs of the employed uninsured who do not qualify for health insurance or government programs and are between 18-65 years of age and 200% below poverty level. This grass roots effort provides ALL medical service free of charge to the patients.

“By providing primary care to our patients we empower them to be proactive about their health, and it helps keep our local emergency rooms focus on their purpose,” added Doyle.

In 1996 the Genesee County Medical Society Alliance and the Pi Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International: nursing’s honor society, joined forces to organize a 5k run/walk to benefit the patients at the GCFMC. The run/ walk event grew out of a spirit of stewardship and commitment to a healthy community.

Sponsors of this year’s event include: Aysola Family, Chemical Bank, Cline Cline & Griffin, Czmer Family, Elga Credit Union, GCMS Alliance GHP, Hurley, Kettering, Genesys PHO, Koegel Meats, Kommareddi Family Fund CFGF, Mike Jones Family, Mott Community College, McLaren, My City Magazine, Pioneer State, RMI, Sovita Credit Union, Sud Family/ CFGF, Turcke Family, UAW 1D, U of M-Flint, White & Fortunate Family and Zonta. To register or for more information visit www.gcfmc.org or call 810-235-4211.