In its 15 year, the Annual Stewart's Caring Place Hope Walk is proud to announce Hope Walk Takes a Hike, a reimagined version of the event to maintain social distance while building camaraderie and fun selfie style competition. Stewart’s Caring Place is proud to partner with Summit Metro Parks, Medina County Park District, Downtown Akron Partnership, and others for the 2021 Hope Walk Takes a Hike event.
Held Sunday May 2nd through Saturday May 8th, Hope Walk registrants will be encouraged to get out into nature and enjoy a walk on favorite or new trails throughout the entire week at a time and on a day that’s convenient for them. Funds raised provide support programs and services at no cost to individuals and families touched by cancer.
Dr. Joseph Blanda is the 2021 Hope Walk Takes a Hike Honorary Chair. Blanda’s son, Joe was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma at age 17 in October 2012. Blanda and his wife Dr. Michelle Blanda helped Joe start Blast Glioblastoma, to raise dollars for brain tumor research. Joe Blanda passed away in October 2015 at the age of 19 and his parents carry on running Blast Glioblastoma and they are devoted to managing health through lifestyle choices. Dr. Joseph Blanda, MD is an Orthopedic Surgery Specialist. He graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 1985 and is affiliated with medical facilities such as Akron General Medical Center and Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center.
Registration for Hope Walk Takes a Hike is $20. For registration and sponsorship opportunities visit www.stewartscaringplace.org/events/hope-walk