On Sunday, September 24, TeraThink employees, families, and friends participated in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This walk is the largest event to raise awareness and donations for Alzheimer’s disease. Despite the hot temperatures, over 1,000 people showed up strong and ready for the afternoon walk.
About the Walk
The Northern Virginia Walk is held annually at the Reston Town Center. TeraThink folks arrived a little before 1:30 pm and the town center was already packed! Sponsors lined the streets with tables full of insightful information; there was even a fun table for face painting (a hit for all the kids!). Prior to the Promise Garden ceremony, participants chose flowers of different colors to represent their connection to the disease. It was a powerful moment to see people raise their flowers in the air before the start of the walk.
The fundraising goal for the Northern Virginia Walk was $250,000. I am proud to say TeraThink helped the chapter exceed that goal! The walk raised over $273,000! Overall, it was great to see the community so involved in such an important cause.
Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic. As released by the Alzheimer’s Association, the numbers speak volumes:
- One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia
- Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States
- In the United States someone develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds.
- It is the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed.
2017 marked the first year we had an official TeraThink Team for the walk, but we look forward to helping raise awareness for this worthy cause for years to come![Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on the blog of Dominion Consulting. On November 1, 2017, Dominion Consulting merged with TeraThink and are now operating jointly as TeraThink. All blog posts migrated from the Dominion Consulting website have been updated to refer to ourselves as TeraThink.]