In brief

Spring Splash to help raise funds for the Shelter of Flint

FENTON TWP. — Jump in the cold waters of Lake Fenton, April 14 at 10 a.m. to help the homeless get their ducks in a row. Join other “splashers” by pledging a minimum of $50 to earn a free T-shirt.

Great times will be had with the Costume Parade, the Big SPLASH and prizes for the best costume and most money raised by a team. Get your friends together and join the Shelter of Flint keep the less fortunate out of the cold.

The Loyal Order of Moose in Fenton will host its 3rd annual Spring Splash, a fun water fundraiser benefitting the homeless women and children of Shelter of Flint. Participants are encouraged to join as individuals or as teams. A minimum $50 pledge entry fee earns an opportunity to plunge into Lake Fenton and a T-shirt. Costumes are encouraged; prizes will go to those who collect the most pledges and best costume. Food and cash bar available.

Homelessness is a national and local issue. Right here, in Genesee County there are more than 200 individuals living in emergency shelters every night and countless others living on the streets, in their cars and in abandoned buildings. The fastest growing group of homeless is families with children.

The Spring Splash will help the Shelter of Flint provide services to more than 1,300 women, children and families this year. In addition to bringing homelessness awareness to Genesee County, Michigan, this event generates the funds that allow the Shelter of Flint to provide programs, such as literacy, counseling, job readiness training and rental assistance, to help homeless citizens gain and sustain permanent housing.

Details: Visit or e-mail— G.G.

Kidney Cancer support group

FLINT — The Educational Kidney Cancer Support Group will meet April 18 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, 302 Kensington, off of Robert T. Longway Blvd. Julia Herzog, Program Coordinator, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will speak on “Finding Yourself When All Seems Lost. Julia’s Medical Journey.”

The meeting is open to the public, For information: Call Prof. Frank Friedman 810-232-8233; Lori Burger at GHCI -810-762-8226.

Friedman said Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed March Kidney Health and Kidney Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan. Check your kidneys soon. Kidney Cancer is on the rise. — G.G.

McLaren smoking cessation support group offered

FLINT — McLaren’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is offering a free Smoking Cessation Support Group the second Monday of every month. The support group can benefit anyone who is struggling to give up those last few cigarettes but does want to quit; is smoke free but feeling vulnerable for relapse; is in the process of quitting and having trouble managing stress, or is a former smoker who is willing to share their story.

Smoking Cessation Support Group will meet the second Monday of every month, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the McLaren Medical Education Building, G-3230 Beecher Rd. (behind Beech Hill Centre), Lower Level-Conference Room A. There is no cost.

Details: Call 810-342-5370. — G.G.

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