VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Hundreds of people lined the boardwalk in Virginia Beach to be part of the 11th annual JT Walk and Beach Party on Sunday.
The event, presented by The Virginia Gentleman Foundation, raised money for ALS and stem cell research.This organization decided to focus on raising funds for ALS when one of the member’s brothers, Josh Thompson, was diagnosed with it.
Thompson’s father spoke with 10 On Your Side about how important this event is to him and his family. “It’s super emotional its unbelievable really that for 11 years thousands of people come out and millions of dollars raised. To take something so horrific that’s taken place and turning it into something that’s so powerful. It’s special really,” said Bruce Thompson.
The chairman of The Virginia Gentleman Foundation says they have a goal they are working to reach, and hope to get there with help from the community.
“Our goal is a million dollars were a little over $600,000 right now and usually the day of the event well get close to a couple hundred thousand,” said Chairman Andrew Yancey.
The JT Walk has previously raised over $3,000,000 for ALS focused organizations and advancing stem cell research.
10 On Your Side’s Bruce Rader was also in attendance.