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Genesee County Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sept. 19

GENESEE COUNTY — Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter, will hold the Genesee County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m., at the Nature Trails at Genesys Regional Medical Center, in Grand Blanc Township.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 650 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Details: Call 248-996-1045 or visit gmc. — G.G.

Genesee Health Dept. takes part in World Breastfeeding Week

FLINT — Breastfeeding in Michigan has increased over the past two years. The Biannual Breastfeeding Rate and Duration Report, a point-in-time ad hoc report developed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides rates for WIC (Women, Infant and Children) agencies across the state. The current report shows an increase in breastfeeding in Genesee County over the past year and a 15-percent increase in breastfeeding initiation rate.

During World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), Aug. 1-7, the breastfeeding room will be unveiled to the public.

On Aug. 7: GCHD’s WIC staff will celebrate breastfeeding moms by hosting a number of events at the Lunch Studio from 4:30-7 p.m. will conclude WBW week’s events.

Details: Call 810-237-4607. — G.G.

Petfest Event to Help Over 100 Animals Find Homes

FENTON — Hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats will be on-site at the Petfest adoption extravaganza on Aug. 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event takes place outside Genesys Health Park, Pollock Road entrance. Eleven organizations from throughout mid-Michigan will bring their adoptable dogs and cats to this event in hopes of finding them their forever home.

Organizations participating in Petfest include Adopt-A-Pet, Kreacher Konnections, Canine Companion Rescue Center, Pomeranian Club of Michigan, Los Gatos Foster Animals, PAWS, Forever Friends Rescue, Saving Tails Animal Rescue and Forever Tails Animal Rescue. Sponsors of the event are T&R Canopies, Hospital Consultants, Loeb Charitable Trust, Spud Software, Forever Young Med Spa and Jack & Donna Hedrick. Last year’s event placed more than 50 animals their forever home.

Details: Visit or call 810-629-0723. — G.G.

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