The Visiting Nurse Association's 11th annual Stroll for Hospice is right around the corner - Sunday, May 6th. Registration begins at 12 noon and the stroll steps off at 1 pm at the VNA Phoenix Center, located at 501 Marquette Street in Valparaiso. Advance registration is available online at www.firstgiving.com/vnaportercounty, or by phone at 219-462-5195. Registration is $10 per walker, with children 18 and under free. Teams of 6 or more may register for $50 per team.
The Stroll for Hospice brings people together to remember their loved ones and to support the VNA Hospice program. The route is approximately three miles long (a shorter route is available as well), and the pace is slow and easy. Special signs in memory of walkers’ loved ones are available for anyone collecting donations or pledges of $100 or more. The signs will be placed along the walking path on Vale Park Road and Valparaiso Street.
After the stroll, walkers are invited to stay for a celebration cookout and awards ceremony. Awards will be given to both the team and the individual who raises the most in sponsorships and to the team and individual with the highest number of sponsors.
The 2012 Sponsor of the Stroll for Hospice is Porter Health System - “A Healthy Commitment”. Additional sponsors include North Coast Distributing, Pines Village Retirement Communities, Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes, Town & Country Market, Smiles by Arnold & Associates, Culver’s Valparaiso and Mrs. Margaret Heinold.
If you would like to support the Stroll but are not able to participate, you may mail donations to the VNA Foundation Stroll for Hospice, 2401 Valley Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383. For more information, please visit the VNA website at www.VNAportercounty.org or call the VNA at 219-462-5195.
Photo: Team Oestreich’s Angels have won the VNA Stroll for Hospice Team Top Donor award each year since 2004