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From The Times Herald:
The 11th annual "Walk Through the Park" is going back to its roots.
After a couple of years away from its home of eight years, the iconic event is returning to Norristown Farm Park on May 17.
Walkers are expected to pick up the pace right where they left off before the walk relocated to Stanbridge Street Park in East Norriton, noted Lisa Borowski of the Development department at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, a co-sponsor of the walk.
"It wasn't as if there was anything bad about one park as opposed to the other, but there was a feeling from many people in the community that the Farm Park was a better location. It's more conducive to the mission of the walk. This is where it all started," Borowski said.
The Farm Park promenade, which benefits Einstein Montgomery's cancer programs, is seen as a bit more pastoral, according to walkers.
"Walking through the Farm Park itself is more like wandering through a park as opposed to walking through a track," Borowski said. "The Farm Park's proximity to the hospital is also good, since the money we're raising is going to the cancer programs at the hospital."
Walkers may be more inclined to hang around for the many new post-walk activities at the Farm Park, Borowski allowed.
"The Farm Park also will lend itself more to the family-oriented activities like face painting and moon bouncing that we have planned. We want to bring more people out and let families know that this is a good event to bring the kids and the dog to."
As it was from 2004 to 2011, the 2.5-mile walk will kick off at Norristown Area High School on Whitehall Road.
Einstein and co-sponsor The Times Herald invite other businesses and individuals to join their philanthropic good will at a variety of levels: $10,000 (presenting sponsor); $5,000 (walk sponsor);$4,000 (T-shirt sponsor); $3,000 (giveaway item with logo); $2,000 (gift bag sponsor); $1,000 (activity area sponsor); $500 (raffle prizes and start, finish line sponsors); $300 (vendor table sponsor); $250 (mile marker sponsor) and $150 (course sponsor.)
Families, businesses and groups are welcome to chip in for Gold Team ($750); Silver Team ($500) or Bronze Team ($250) participation.
Pre-registration is $30 (until noon on May 16 at advance.einstein.edu/walk)
Registration on Walk day is $40, from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.
"We're inviting walkers to use the Friends Asking Friends network and encourage others to join them and spread the word on social media," Borowski said.
The annual event was inspired by Norristown Ambassador Hank Cisco's desire to raise money for an IMRT (Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy) machine for Montgomery Hospital. Times Herald editor Stan Huskey convinced Cisco that he should reconsider his plan for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and think about getting behind a walk instead.
Cisco, a cancer survivor himself, relented, 50 people signed upon a sunny Saturday in 2004, and the event that has raised thousands of dollars and logged upwards of 10,000 steps was born.
For more information, call 215-456-7213.