On Sunday, September 23, TeraThink participated in the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the second annual year. This walk is the largest event to raise awareness and donations for Alzheimer’s disease. The day might have been gloomy and rainy, but 600 plus people showed up anyway; strong and ready for the afternoon walk!
In preparation for this years walk, TeraThink raised money at its’ quarterly All-Hands event. This year, we went to Lucky Strike Entertainment for some good ‘ol fashioned bowling! Everyone who wished to participate donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and highest score of the night took home a gift card. Win-win, if you ask me. On top of that, TeraThink leaders generously matched the bowling donations!
About the Walk
The Northern Virginia Walk is held annually at the Reston Town Center. The TeraThink folks who braved the weather showed up a little before 1:30 pm so we could walk as a team. 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. This experience allows walkers to raise flowers representing their promise to remember, honor, care, and fight for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. It was a powerful moment to see people raise their flowers in the air before the start of the walk.
Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic that impacts everyone, including the families of many on the TeraThink team. As released by the Alzheimer’s Association, the numbers speak for themselves:
- More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease
- 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, or slowed
- In 2018, Alzheimer’s disease will cost the United States $277 billion. This number is projected to rise to more than $1.1 trillion in 2050
TeraThink set a goal of $2500 this year for the walk. I am proud to say TeraThink exceeded that goal! I work with a wonderful group of individuals who continuously give their time and money to many charities, including this walk. The 2018 Northern Virginia chapter for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised over $276,000!
TeraThink looks forward to joining the walk again next year and raising even more money for such an important cause. If you would like to join us next year, or donate to this worthy cause, let us know!