FLINT TOWNSHIP — Curbs and parking space lines have been painted bright pink at Regional Medical Imaging (RMI), 3346 Lennon Road, in preparation for a Relay for Life “Relay Recess,” a children’s event being hosted by the business from 2-5 p.m. Sunday May 19.
The cancer fundraiser is being held in the spacious parking lot of RMI where many Relay for Life team members are employed, said Meleanie Zaucha, spokesperson who also works there.
“We submitted this idea to RMI and it has graciously consented to support our team in a big way,’’ she said.
Relay Recess aims to teach children about cancer, healthy living and taking pride in what they can do to help others.
“We are hoping to reach out to the younger generation and to help educate the public on pediatric cancer and to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.” Zaucha said.
Activities will include a children’s junior relay. The plan called for children to raise pledge donations prior to the event then participate in a three-hour walk. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the American Cancer Society and other agencies are expected to participate in the fun, family event.
The boy and girl who raises the most money will win one of two bikes donated by Meijer. Second-place winners will get a pizza party for five donated by Chuckie Cheese and two third-place winners will get $25 gift cards, also donated by Meijer.
The day also will focus on four educational topics: Tobacco awareness, skin protection, healthy diet and exercise. Pietro Pellerito, who is the son of a radiologist at RMI, will be the child guest speaker. He has recently completed a battle against cancer and will talk about his experience, Zaucha said.
Other features include face painting, a DJ , refreshments and lots of drawings and prizes.
The event is free to the public but donations are being requested to the American Cancer Society. All monies raised stay in the community to help fund patients who need rides to chemo appointments and other support programs, Zaucha said.
RMI is a leading outpatient radiology facility with five locations in Genesee County, serving Mid- Michigan for more than 25 years.