Organ donation run gearing up in Flushing

FLUSHING — The Donation Nation race at Flushing County Park will take place April 28.

This race, which benefits organ donation awareness, takes place at Flushing Park’s one mile loop. Participants will compete to see how many times they can run the loop in the 60 minute time limit.

Participants are urged to create a team and have a different person run/walk every lap. Challenge yourself or be part of a fun team to push each other.

Awards will be given to overall individual male and female.

There will be four water stations at the race, each sponsored by a different business. The race is still seeking sponsors.

The event is a fundraiser for the Gleason Community Fund to benefit organ donation. John J. Gleason, a native of Flushing, Genesee County Clerk who served in the Michigan State House and State Senate for 10 years, was the first Michigan legislator to serve after a transplant.

He ran dialysis for six months before receiving a kidney from his sister. This experience led John to create a one of a kind donation education nonprofit, the Gleason Community Fund.

“We’re trying to do something good,” said Gleason. “People who get the opportunity need to tell their story.”

The Donation Nation is part of the non-profit’s efforts to increase awareness for organ, tissue and cornea donations. The Gleason Community Fund offers a scholarship annually to an aspiring medical student in Genesee County.

The registration fee is $15 per person until April 26. Race day is registration/ packet pickup, April 28 from 2-3 p.m. The race starts at 3 p.m.

Register at G.G.

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